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  1. #1

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    Jan 27, 2007
    17 inch 2 GHz C2D imac (5,1) with 3GB DDR2 RAM, X1600 (128MB memory) GPU - OSX 10.6.3
    iPad iOS 4.2 beta changes screen lock to a mute switch

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    Chris H.'s Avatar
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    Oct 03, 2009
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Doesn't the iPad already have a hardware-based orientation lock?
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  3. #3

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    Jul 01, 2010
    Chris, either you didn't read properly, or you misunderstood. The iPad has a hardware-based orientation lock NOW, but this whole article was about how that switch is no longer going to be used as an orientation lock. That is now a mute switch, and orientation lock is now software only.

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    Dec 03, 2006
    Irvine, CA
    Black Macbook C2D 2GHz 3GB RAM 250GB HD iPhone 4 iPad 3G
    I'm wary as to whether the software orientation lock will work similar to how the hardware lock works. On the iPhone, it only locks into portrait mode, not landscape. I hope the iPad's version of the software lock will allow it to lock both in portrait and landscape modes.

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    July 2009

  5. #5

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    Jul 01, 2010
    With holding down the volume rocker also muting the system as it does currently, and the multitasking menu containing the orientation lock it seems I may end up never using the switch at all. I do however wish that the switch could be used to disable touch input while keeping the screen on.

    (I wrote this in a longer and better phrased paragraph previously before accidentally clicking a link on my currently non-multitasking iPad. The device does have it's flaws it seems, haha)

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