What is this symbol?

ALMF

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Original poster
Jun 20, 2012
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Just showed up and do not know what it is. 411 please
Lock with clockwise arrow around it
 

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KSean

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Oct 21, 2011
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Rotation lock. You can turn it off by double tapping the home button, swiping to the right (hence moving the bar left) and hitting the rotation icon.
 

ALMF

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Original poster
Jun 20, 2012
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Guess I locked it by accident. Thank you very much
 

dictoresno

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Apr 30, 2012
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i still never understand how people manage to find themselves into the multitasking menu, slide left and tap rotation lock then cant figure out how to turn it off. its gotta be the #1 icon that confuses everyone and i still cant understand how people arent aware of it yet lol.
 

takeshi74

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Feb 9, 2011
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It's because you underestimate people. You think it's foolproof but it's not as evidenced here. People manage to do all sorts of things by accident -- myself included.
 

eyoungren

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Aug 31, 2011
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What I'll never understand is why Apple included the rotation lock, or at least the ability to turn it on or off.

Except for Safari, which stock apps on the iPhone rotate when the lock is off? The Springboard doesn't rotate either no matter the setting. You need a JB tweak for that.

Unless anyone can point me to another use that it has (other than controlling third party apps and Safari) it seems like a useless "feature" to me.
 

Small White Car

macrumors G4
Aug 29, 2006
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it seems like a useless "feature" to me.
Well, it sure comes in handy for:

Safari
Music
Messages
Maps
Most RSS apps
Photos
Calculator
Any of the 'Flash Drive' apps with text documents in them
Dropbox
Webcomics
Galcon



But then again you DID say
Unless anyone can point me to another use that it has (other than controlling third party apps and Safari)
So I guess you knew all this.

So I'm forced to ask, if you know how people use it, why are you asking why people use it?
 

eyoungren

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Aug 31, 2011
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Well, it sure comes in handy for:

Safari
I hate Safari in all of it's forms, so I don't use it except when I have to. For iOS, I use Dolphin. The Rotation Lock works the same for Dolphin as for Safari.
Don't use Music, iTunes or the Music app. If I use my iPhone for music it's to stream it down from Google Play using gMusic. Or I use my iPod.
I'm using BiteSMS, so this doesn't apply
Don't use this either (Don't travel much and I'm usually at home, work, or Starbucks).
Most RSS apps
Third party, don't use either.
Didn't realize it worked here. Thanks.
Calculator
Same as above, again thanks.
Any of the 'Flash Drive' apps with text documents in them
Dropbox
Webcomics
Galcon
I knew it worked in Dropbox, but I don't use the other two (no idea what they are).

So I guess you knew all this.
No, I didn't. And since I don't seem to use much of what everyone else does, (which I now know) this isn't something that really applied to me except for a few apps. Now that I am aware of what else is can apply to I have to retract my statement and just say I don't really use it personally.

So I'm forced to ask, if you know how people use it, why are you asking why people use it?
Sorry, I was asking from the standpoint of "If it's not used very much, why is it included." That was coming from a biased viewpoint (my own).

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You must be trolling.
If you mean me, no. I might look like a troll (maybe) but trolling isn't what I'm doing here. :D
 

Namji

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Aug 13, 2010
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I find it useful for Pictures on landscape mode, Youtube and other videos..
 

Bear

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Jul 23, 2002
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What I'll never understand is why Apple included the rotation lock, or at least the ability to turn it on or off.

Except for Safari, which stock apps on the iPhone rotate when the lock is off? The Springboard doesn't rotate either no matter the setting. You need a JB tweak for that.

Unless anyone can point me to another use that it has (other than controlling third party apps and Safari) it seems like a useless "feature" to me.
iBooks is a big one to use the rotation lock for. You don't want your book rotating because you've shifted how you're sitting. I like it locked din portrait mode for that.

But I don't always want the rotation locked because I do like Safari for instance to use landscape mode.