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iOS 4.2 Release: Not all changes good for iPad

If you head over to Apple.com’s iPad pages you will see that iOS 4.2 is coming to iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad in November 2010, obviously this will bring more features to the end-user, however not all of the changes are going to be popular with all iPad users.

According to Apple, iOS 4.2 will add over 100 new features and innovations for iPad users to take advantage of, including mutitasking, folders, AirPlay and AirPrint, however if you are a fan of the screen location lock button we have some bad news for you.

A recent article posted on 9To5Mac suggests that the screen location lock button will become a mute button, if you check out their article and scroll down to the comments section you will see that this news is very unpopular, one reader suggests that he will jailbreak his iPad to change this, another says that holding the down key for 2 seconds mute’s his iPad, however excluding the button that will be changed there is no quick and easy way to lock screen rotation.

We would love to see what you thought of this news, therefore feel free to have a rant in the comments section, we have embedded an image showing the proposed change below.

Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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Angryatapple
Angryatapple

I was hopping apple would come up with lock rotate function for iphone. Instead they wastefully convert the lock button on ipad to mute function. Should i read this article earlier, i would not have update my ipad even for all the extra functions. All i want is to lay on my bed at night everynight reading articles or ebooks before i go to sleep peacefully. Not getting irritated at fighting the auto rotation.

Mark Weber
Mark Weber

The change is *very* annoying. We should campaign to at least have a choice in settings. The physical lock is so much better than the awkward on screen lock. Why should apple impose such a change on us?

AbigailAdams1
AbigailAdams1

QUESTION: Can we move the "lock screen" button fm down in the dock and up onto our screen? I liked having the button on the side; it was a big selling point when I bought my iPad– all the sales personnel made a point of demonstrating how "quick and easy the screen lock button works 🙂 :)" Now it's gone. And what are the benefits fm this new operating system that will override this point of irritation?

Klaus Bach
Klaus Bach

What is not clear to me is why Apple changed this functionality without even give the choice to the users? Why not do a configurable switch (like the Home button)? One would go into Settings, choose the switch settings and configure according to their use: Lock Screen, Mute, etc… if its is configurable via iOS the functionality, they should have given the option of choice.

Johan
Johan

There already was mute function in by long press the volume keys. Really miss the rotation lock. Is there a hack to fix this? I will jailbreak if needed.

Karin
Karin

I am also rather torqued that the iPad 2 is not out in time for Christmas. I am considering purchasing an Android version. Anyone have any recommendations or am I in the wrong place for that?

Karin
Karin

Thanks to the person that explained what the one button on the side of the iPad does (screen lock). I've had my Wi-Fi version of the iPad for a couple of months and didn't realize that there was a screen lock. It IS convenient. One of the things that irritated me the most about it was that the screen would periodically shift. And I guess I am slow on the uptake but it took me a while to see the 2X button in the lower right corner of my Rogue Touch game so that I could enlarge the app from… Read more »

anonymous
anonymous

i agree, it sucks to change this without an option. they should change it for the iphone/ipod instead. this was an excellent function. a mute button is useless, holding the vol down key automatically mutes. booo to usability expert wannabe who came up with this dumb idea.

Sebastian
Sebastian

Apple’s vision is making products that are easy to use. Meaning that a Mac user can control iPads, iPad users iPods, iPod users iPhones etc. This vision is the exact reason why they are changing the function of the lock-screen-orientation-button. iPhone users don’t imidiate know which function this button contains. So by making it the same everybody now knows were those 4 buttons stand for at both iPhones and iPads. Because remember that we wizzkids are not the only iPad users. It’s also made for people that can’t understand imidiately were a button stands for. By the way, do you… Read more »

Anthony
Anthony

Surely the best solution would have been for them to give the user the option as to whether they want the said button to work as mute or as screen lock!! In the same way as the home button can be programme by the user, why not allow us to programme what use we want for the autolock (or mute) button. Silly fools that they are….

Jan
Jan

I have not used the button as much as others did, nevertheless it's easy to get used to a function and thus perform it without even thinking about it. As other users remarked, it does make sense on a phone but not on the iPad. Even though, the functionality of the button should stay unchanged for simple usability reasons or in the very least customisation of the button could have been offerred within the setting of the device, so a user can choose. I think it's pure laziness to differentiate the functionality of the button in the iOS for iPad… Read more »

Brett
Brett

Breaking news! No orientation lock! Well that completely turns my world upside down. Why does the article make such a big deal of this? In 4.2 you can access the orientation lock via the task bar. Is this the best you can do Jamie? I'd also be happy if you discovered the full stop, instead of stringing separate sentences together with commas. It's ugly.

Mark
Mark

Who knows it may be in the settings, we shall just have to wait and see, but really get a grip people it's not the end of the world is it? It's actually probably quicker to double tap home and press the hotkey rather than fiddle about in the dark to find the switch

Anthony
Anthony

I agree with Sokolum, They should make it so you can select the button usage in your settings so that you could have it as a screen lock or a mute. I prefer the Screen lock myself as I use my ipad as a digital portfolio and when I hand it to people that are not familiar with an ipad I don't want it to rotate. I find I use this feature more and more.

sokolum
sokolum

The slide screen-lock button is sold as a screen-lock button.

I guess they will keep the button in that way, if not, then they actually broke that button.

Other note, why they don't make it configurable? So easy and everyone will be happy.

Pete
Pete

The lock switch is useful in many respects. Changing the lock button into a mute switch simply duplicates the functionality that's already there – you can currently mute by holding down the volume rocker for two seconds.

If true, this change is silly and irritating.

Peter
Peter

I want the mute button for one purpose: to mute commercials in Hulu and other TV apps. I very rarely us the rotate lock, but still want the functionality somewhere.

Anis
Anis

Also for iPad 4.2 it's available as icon dock
So it's not a big deal to change it, apple is doing the best always

Stephen
Stephen

Whats a Jailbreak, and how to do it? I like the Lock Feature, and if there is a way to keep it, great.

Redsabr
Redsabr

It's no big deal. So you have to tap a soft key on the task bar rather than move a hard slider. The function is still there, just different. In light of all of the features we are getting, this change is irrelevant.

Rob
Rob

I wonder if this will be called Lockgate or Mutegate

Rob
Rob

It's almost like Mr.Jobs enjoys pissing off his users. I bet he loves poking bee hives too. It's like he's daring his users to abandon him. He's always calling our bluff. That smells like contempt (which I'm trying not to focus on cause darn it I love Apple products).

otto
otto

So that's the big news eh? Talk about link baiting.

loki
loki

With an Otterbox installed the switch is hard to use. I personally would rather have the screen lock on the screen.

Carol
Carol

Why take away the lock button. It is a great feature. I don't want to have to go in and out of settings to set it. If they change it thempn they should let us user define the buttons as I have no use for a mute button. I turn the sipound down using the wait for it….. Those little sound up and down buttons that are already on the ipad right next to the lock button.

CatG
CatG

Please please please do not do away with the lock screen button. If I want to mute something I use the sound buttons and TURN IT DOWN…. Wow hard isn't it. Or you can use the mute button in the program. How silly to use the lock button for mute when there are already options. I like the easy convenience of being able to lock and unlock the screen easily.

Jimmy
Jimmy

People lock their screen to keep it from rotating when they are reading in casual borderline positions like on their side in bed, on the couch, etc… In those positions, the ipad is often held somewhere between its horizontal and vertical and because of that, it can tend to autorotate when it is not desired. Also, if you hold it horizontally and then lie on your side, the ipad's actual orientation relative to the earth is vertical while it is horizontal relative to you, and that causes it to rotate into vertical mode. Locking it keeps that from happening so… Read more »

Steve Conway
Steve Conway

I've had an iPad from the first week of availability and never knew a screen lock button existed, so I won't miss it.

Sarah J
Sarah J

Why would anyone want to lock their screen. On the iPhone this makes sense, but the iPad is so large that there is no change that someone is going to accidentally rotate their iPad. And if they did, and the screen is locked and they will have to rotate their iPad back to landscape to use again. I see zero logic in all this lock debate. I have had my iPad for 6 months and have never once wanted to lock my screen.

Joe
Joe

So why have a mute button on an iPad ( it's not like I want it to ring silent for an incoming call – which is why it exists on a phone).. Rotate lock is a really useful feature if you read in bed or watch movies while lying down, when the position of the user in relation to the screen has the default outcome of the screen being the wrong way around. To mute a movie or a song has a simple on screen tap already. Guess Apple know how we want to use the thing better than the… Read more »

Stephen Taylor

It really is a non news story they are making the button a mute button just like the IPhone and Ipod touch. As the previous commenter said the functionality is still available. Seems amazing that a story focusses on this other than the positives…..

Goodman
Goodman

As a guy who uses his iPad in bed a lot, I hate this. I use the screen lock function all the time. Now I'm going to have to double click the main button, slide to the screen lock, press the screen lock, then tap to return to my program. Over and over and over. I've never jailbroken my iPhone or iPad, but this might finally get me to do it.

Alex Ryder
Alex Ryder

I was annoyed when I first read this – but the screen lock functionality will still be available. It will be as for the iPhone 4 – via the icon dock

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