In January 2010, before the official iPad launch, Apple announced that the hardware switch on the side of the iPad would be a mute switch, similar to what is on the iPhone, less the vibrate.
However, as the official launch day approached, it was revealed that the supposed mute switch is becoming a screen orientation lock switch instead. As we know, orientation lock stayed as the feature for the iPad hardware switch.
With the upcoming release of iOS 4.2 in November, Apple is once again changing the hardware switch back to a mute feature. Orientation lock will now be software based, as with other iDevices running iOS 4.1.
As Apple has made these changes, one iPad user was curious if Apple would make an option in the settings menu for users to toggle between an orientation lock or mute for the hardware switch.
Well, to get the best Apple answers, we email Steve Jobs. So, the user asked:
In IOS 4.2 for iPad is the switch on the side going to be the mute and not screen orientation lock from now on?
Sent from my iPhone
The user then inquired if there would be a toggle option available:
Are you planning to make that a changeable option?
And Jobs’ reply:
Love it. So the hardware switch is mute only in iOS 4.2. Thanks Steve!
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