so...what exactly IS "airplane mode"?

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  1. John Paul macrumors member

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    More of a curiosity but what is exactly is different in the functioning of the iPad when you turn on airplane mode? I imagine it turns off WiFi and 3G but considering there are *already* buttons to turn off those things, it seems like a waste to create another button that does the same thing. So I am presuming that it must do more than just that.

    Anyone know?
     
  2. celticpride678

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    To have one button to disable all network connections at once.
     
  3. poloponies macrumors 68030

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    When the flight attendant is breathing down your neck it's nice to be able to flick it on just to quiet him/her down.
     
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    It turns off all wireless activity. Wifi, 3G, cellular, and Bluetooth.

    It's not a waste at all.
     
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  6. Piggie macrumors 604

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    Is that anything like "Boss Mode"

    Where you are in the middle of playing a game and the boss comes up so you press a button and it instantly puts a spreadsheet up on the screen? ;)
     
  7. skubish macrumors 68030

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    Also I should add that the 3G switch doesn't turn off all cellular just 3G data. EDGE and GPRS still work. Its purpose is to save battery in a none 3G area by turning off the 3G chip/antenna.
     
  8. brentsg macrumors 68040

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    It also works great when you're in a hotel trying to sleep and the wifi/3g are causing feedback with the clock radio on the nightstand. :D
     
  9. gsmumbo macrumors regular

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    How is it a waste? That's the same thing the iPhone button does. I get that your trying to point out that the iPad has no phone but on the iPhone the phone runs off of 3G. Thus when you hit airplane the exact same things are turned off on both devices. Wifi, 3G and Bluetooth. Just with the iPhone 3G emcompases more things. Ultimately though on the iPhone you can't turn off just the phone while keeping the 3G internet. Its all or none just like the iPad.
     
  10. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    Not true. This is the iPad, not the iPhone. There is no "3G switch" there is a "Cellular Data" switch.
     
  11. Chris.Thomson macrumors member

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    It's actually really useful. If you need to turn off all network connections quickly, it's one tap rather than six. Otherwise, you have to tap to get inside each of the Wi-Fi, Cellular Data, and Bluetooth menus, then click the appropriate switches in each of those menus.
     
  12. antiprotest macrumors 65816

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    The OP is probably completely ignorant about air travel, thus of the fact that we turn off wireless features while on the plane. Otherwise, even a child would know what the switch is for, since it says "airplane mode". Not everyone has been on a plane. I suppose that could be the only excuse for not knowing what this is for.
     
  13. JonboyDC macrumors regular

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    Some airlines (or some cabin crew on some airlines) will also specifically tell you that portable electronics with a radio of any type in them can only be used if they are set to "airplane mode." Having the single switch there lets you demonstrate to them that you've complied without having to show them that you've turned off every possible radio signal via separate switches.
     
  14. ChrisGonzales90 macrumors 6502a

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    Question. Have you ever flown in your life? And video games don't count.
     
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    It allows you to throw it better.
    It works try it.
     
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    It's kind of just a technicality. That way when the stewardess comes by you can show her.
     
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    It is an app that enables you to fly the jumbo jet remotely from the comfort of your own seat.
    :D
     
  19. heywoodja macrumors member

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    It is a feature tied to an app that enables you to fly the jumbo jet remotely from the comfort of your own seat.
    :D
     
  20. xraytech macrumors 68020

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    I use it as a way to extend the battery. Shut off all connections within 2 taps vs 9.
     

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