Orientation Lock and Mute button side-switch toggle for iPad in iOS 4.3 beta

Jan 12, 2011 - 6 Comments

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iOS 4.3 beta 1 includes a software option to toggle the functionality of the iPad side switch from either a Mute button or to serve as an Orientation lock.

The adjustable option is found under “Settings” > “General” where you will find “Use Side Switch to:” which can now be set to either “Lock Rotation” or “Mute.”

This should be good news to many iPad users. The iPad orientation lock has become a heated issue for many users when they discovered that the iOS 4.2 update changed the orientation lock to a mute button, without jailbreaking there was no way to change it back until now.

The public release of iOS 4.3 is expected to arrive in March.

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  1. [...] will allow the iPad side switch to be adjustable between either a Mute button or Orientation lock in iOS 4.3, the beta is now available to developers and a public release is expected in [...]

  2. Curt says:

    This is much needed, I’m almost ready to shell out the money to be in the developer program just so I can get the orientation lock again.

  3. Miles says:

    Ask and you shall receive.

  4. Peter says:

    Can i just as you 4.2 users if double-tapping the home button to lock the orientation, is so damn hard? i don’t see why ur so happy about this ^^ i myself like that they incorporated a on/off switch for volume. and double tapping the home button to lock the orientation is just as fast :X

    • Rick says:

      @Peter
      For myself and many others it’s a matter of workflow. I use my iPad both for reading and for working, and I’m constantly locking and unlocking the screen orientation. A mute isn’t something a user needs to frequently turn on and off, and even if they do, the functionality was already there.

      And no, it isn’t a matter of double tapping the home button. What was a one-step process is now a four-step process to lock or unlock the orientation- double click the home button, swipe the tray to the right, tap the lock symbol, click the home button to close the tray.

      This change never should have been made in the first place, and I’m very pleased that they’re giving us the option to change it back.

  5. [...] the orientation as it had in previous versions. This was a dumb idea, and thankfully you can now choose if you want it to lock orientation (the correct choice) or mute your volume (the incorrect [...]

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