No orientation lock, despite the iPad getting it in 3.2

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by wildonrio, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. wildonrio macrumors 6502

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    Thought they would offer this as an alternative function to the hold switch, especially since the iPad got it and it needs it less than the iPhone (IMO). Oh well, back to Rotation Inhibitor once I can jailbreak again...

    Does the iPhone rotating the wrong way while you're lying down REALLY annoy anyone else like it does for me?
     
  2. profets macrumors 68040

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    really doesn't bother me, but i understand what you're saying. when i first used 3.0 i was getting thrown off with the screen rotating in email.. i was used to it always being portrait and moving the phone around between reading emails.

    in my opinion if they were going to add a hardware button, i'd rather have one for the camera, or multitasking.. or maybe one that we could choose the purpose for.
     
  3. blancoBronco macrumors 6502a

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    I have heard a lot of people complaining about this happening, but I have never had it happen to me. I guess Apple felt that a mute switch on a phone was more important than a rotation lock one
     
  4. Sulwyn macrumors member

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    Urgh that's really annoying. I was hoping that we'd finally have this feature. :( I like to use my iphone while lying down in bed so this would've been a very welcome feature.
     
  5. anjinha macrumors 604

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    Why does the iPad need a rotation lock less than the iPhone does?
     
  6. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    It automatically rotating while I'm laying in bed is the most annoying thing ever! I was so use to laying in bed with it for over a year, then when 3.0 came out, almost a year later still not use to it!
     
  7. na1577 macrumors 6502a

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    The iPhone needs the mute switch, I'm glad Apple didn't change it (like they seem to keep doing with the home button double click...) But I think a software orientation switch would suffice.
     
  8. goobot macrumors 603

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    its prob going to be a switch on the other side on the next iphone.
     
  9. anjinha macrumors 604

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    There's an app (don't remember which one though) that has a pretty clever software orientation switch: when you turn your iPhone a lock will appear on screen, if you click it it will lock the orientation.
     
  10. corriewf macrumors 6502a

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    The Perfect Browser locks the orientation.
     
  11. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    +1 ... if they add one it'll definitely be a hardware switch to remain consistent.
     
  12. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

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    Well I've never personally used the iPad so I cant testify for myself, but in my imagination I would agree with the OP that the iPhone needs a lock more.

    The iPhone is used frequently by people laying down in the horizontal position, thus making the rotation annoying. In my head I can't really seem to imagine needing to hold the ipad while laying down or in any other orientation which would make the ipad viewed sideways.... This is because the ipad is so much bigger, that it would become cumbersome.

    The only thing that I can imagine would be if the orientation would switch around while sitting the ipad in your lap, or laying it on a "flat" table top. This depends on how sensitive the thing is.

    But at most I can imagine the iphone needing it just as much, if not more, than the ipad. But again, never used it
     
  13. iNewton4000 macrumors newbie

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    Lock it!

    Yeah, it doesn't take much imagination to see why: the iPhone is much smaller and lighter; you're just not going to hold an iPad lying on your back or side nearly as much (you will, but just not as long); also, the iphone already has a HUGE sales lead -- there's just a ton of them out there already, i.e., we've needed it for almost FOUR years!

    Also, if anyone else has this problem: my sensor is screwed up (one side only somehow), and now it wants to rotate at the slightest tilt -- super-annoying! Anyway to reset or calibrate sensor?
     
  14. anjinha macrumors 604

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    But the iPad is much more made to be a reading device (books, magazines, even reading stuff online) because of the bigger screen, so it definitely needs it more than the iPhone.

    I'm not saying it shouldn't be added to the iPhone, I just don't think the iPhone needs it more than the iPad.
     
  15. Mr. Gates macrumors 68020

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    It could be as simple as holding two fingers on the screen, then rotating to the new orientation and releacing your fingers.

    But, Apple doesn't like to think about it like that, It's too simple for them.
     
  16. The Phazer macrumors 68030

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    I hope not, there's really no need for a hardware switch. Make a drop down toggle on the time bar that allows rotation, wi-fi, Bluetooth and the phone network to be turned on and off. It's easy. It's natural. It solves lots of problems at once. It's staggering it's still not there.

    Phazer
     
  17. sparkles61785 macrumors regular

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    The app is MobileRSS Pro. It is a brilliant way of implementing screen orientation control.
     
  18. anjinha macrumors 604

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    That's it. :) I thought it was a great way of doing it too. It would be great if Apple added something like that. If Apple ever adds another hardware button to the iPhone I would prefer it was for the camera.
     
  19. iNewton4000 macrumors newbie

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    I knew there were Apps for this, but I was hoping for native... no biggie I guess -- as long as it works well!

    I was just with a client who bought an iPad: niiiiice! You'll definitely be reading books and long articles more on a device of this size; but still, I probably spend just as much time using my iPhone (surfing, email, etc.), and in more "awkward" positions to boot. The iPad's not "heavy", but it's heaviER -- enough to prevent you from holding it in those "awkward" positions as long... that's all I think we meant by "iPhone could use it more" :)

    I think a HW button would be cool too, esp. if it's user configurable. Btw (for those people who don't already know): one of the best tricks for using the iPhone's camera, is to place your finger on the button FIRST, and simple remove it when you want to take a pic -- MUCH easier, less shaking, and you can do it blind.
     
  20. mavis macrumors 68040

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    Agreed 10000000%!! ;)

    If there's one thing I miss most from jailbreaking, it's Rotation Inhibitor. I really wish they didn't force people to jailbreak for little stuff like this! :mad:
     
  21. Pared macrumors 65816

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    Your logic isn't quite logical.
     
  22. sdm1985 macrumors 6502

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    I really would like this App - I wouldn't know where to start with Jailbreaking. What are the implications if I just jailbreaked for this App?

    Shawn
     

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