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iPad iOS 4.2 beta changes screen lock to a mute switch


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iPad iOS 4.2 beta changes screen lock to a mute switch
iPad iOS 4.2 beta changes screen lock to a mute switch | MacNN
iPad's Orientation Lock Switch Becomes Mute Switch With iOS 4.2 - Mac Rumors
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Doesn't the iPad already have a hardware-based orientation lock?

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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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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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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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