Mute or Orientation Lock?

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Mute Toggle or Orientation Lock?

  1. Mute, husssssh! I need quiet

    42 vote(s)
    21.9%
  2. Orientation, I know which way is up!

    150 vote(s)
    78.1%
  1. iNeko macrumors regular

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    #1
    So, the new iOS beta has changed the toggle switch on the side to a mute switch (might be a bug?) but what would you prefer it to do? I personally use the orientation lock an awful lot for reading in bed, so it might take a while for me to get used to!
     
  2. nixiemaiden macrumors 6502a

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    If they get rid of the orientation lock I will be pissed. I use it all the time.
     
  3. BlackMax macrumors 6502a

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    Unless the new iOS beta provides another way to do orientation lock, changing the toggle switch to mute functionality would be a disappointment for me.
     
  4. nixiemaiden macrumors 6502a

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    My guess is that it is a bug because they pushed it out for iPhone and iPod as well. On those devices it is a mute switch so I'm hoping it was just an oversight.
     
  5. tekchic macrumors 65816

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    If it's like the iPhone 4 orientation locking, you click the home button 2x, swipe to the left, and then click the lock icon. The problem with iPhone 4 though, is that it only lets you lock portrait, and not landscape. This would tick me off if they only allow locking in one direction on the iPad.

    But... surely they wouldn't, as most iPad apps to even be approved by the App Store have to rotate neatly in all directions. I'll repost my findings tonight, planning on putting 4.2 beta on my iPad to do some testing.
     
  6. HXGuy macrumors 68000

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    It has been confirmed that it will let you lock it in both landscape and portrait on the iPad via the Lock Orientation icon.
     
  7. nixiemaiden macrumors 6502a

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    Is it normal for apple to change the functionality of the hardware like that? After months of using it and getting used to how it works? Grr.
     
  8. azentropy macrumors 68000

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    Orientation lock. It is easier for me to just hold down the volume down button for a few seconds to mute anyway.
     
  9. thunderbunny macrumors 6502a

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    Mute switch on iPad makes very little sense to me
     
  10. tekchic macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I find it amusing that TapTapTap's Camera+ app got banned from the App Store after their "Easter Egg" that lets you use a volume button to snap a picture. Apple's defense was "no remapping of hardware buttons in apps as it confuses the user".

    Funny how they're changing their own rules and remapping the rotation toggle on the iPad hardware to be a mute now. :) Would be nice if you could have a choice. A mute switch for me on iPad isn't as big of a deal as it is on my iPhone 4 (which is almost always on buzz). I'd rather that stay as rotation lock.
     
  11. iNeko thread starter macrumors regular

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    Looks like news of this made front page! I am honestly hoping it's a bug, I can honestly see myself reading/surfing in bed while listening to music, rolling on my side and boom, muting the iPad :rolleyes:
     
  12. ditzy macrumors 68000

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    I hope that we have a choice with this, though I doubt it with Apple. Mute button seems pointless to me on iPad.
     
  13. admanimal macrumors 68040

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    Or they want to unify behaviors across devices. In fact it is likely that this is the way they originally intended the iPad to behave, but then they had no simple way of implementing the necessary orientation lock. Now that there is another place for it, the button returns to mute.

    Personally I don't care either way. It's not like I find myself locking and unlocking the orientation every 2 minutes, so it doesn't really matter if it's going to take an extra 1.5 seconds.
     
  14. poloponies macrumors 68030

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    iOS4 allows for multitasking >> Skype allows calls to iPad >> using Skype in the background means calls can come in while you're doing something else -- if you're in a meeting or on a conference call while using the iPad and a call comes in, maybe you want a quick mute option?

    I'm often on conference calls in my office and almost as often someone calls in on my iPhone. I then lunge for the mute switch. I can see the same happening with the iPad.
     
  15. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    Orientation lock here. Used daily, have muted my 3G only purely by accident a few times holding the volume switch down....
     
  16. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    You only say it is much easier to hold volume to mute because you're used to it. Honestly, I'd rather have mute. I rarely lock my screen orientation for a long period of time. It's only temporary. Mute is a different story. Mute through the hold volume button method is too tedious and gets in the way. What if I just want to reduce volume? It's faster to hold the button but then I would mute it. To reduce volume by a lot, I wold have to press it over and over. Dumb.
     
  17. BrennerM macrumors regular

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    I wish Apple would give us the choice through a setting instead of forcing everyone to one way. But knowing Apple they will not do so.
     
  18. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    That would be worse, adding more confusion. I would prefer mute since the iPad is supposed to have no default screen orientation.
     
  19. Ciclismo macrumors 6502a

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    Uh, can I change my vote to "Mute". I've thought about it and, although I do lock my screen often, I'd like to be able to mute my iPad by reaching for the switch instead of blindly pressing the toggle when it's in my bag.
     
  20. LiloThePleo macrumors 6502

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    Orientation here for sure, I hardly ever touch the volume but I use the orientation lock all the time.
     
  21. sapporobaby macrumors 68000

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    Wrong. It has been reported that the orientatin lock performs the orientation lock the same way the iPhone does it. Double tap home and select the icon.
     
  22. yodaxl7 macrumors 6502a

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    Well, it is a beta! Just a starter for the developers. Apple probably used the current ios 4.1 and made some adjustments. I bet that the beta 2 would fixed that or maybe in the settings you can choose.
     
  23. phenixdragon macrumors regular

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    If I want to mute, I just push the volume control down. If I am in a game, I don't want to have to close the game out and reopen in order to lock the orientation.
     
  24. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    It's become a mute switch and likely will remain a mute switch so you can silence incoming FaceTime calls on the next iPad.

    If it were just volume mute it wouldn't show the bell pop-up but the volume mute pop-up. I also suspect that you're able to turn up the volume even though it's muted for FaceTime calls.

    You wouldn't have to - double tap home, slide to the right, tap orientation lock.
     
  25. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    I'll go with that. As long as there would be option to change the button's functionality....
     

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