iPad Orientation Lock Option In iOS 4.3

Good news for those of you that miss having the ability to lock the iPad’s screen orientation using the physical switch on the side of the device. The iOS 4.3 beta includes a new setting that let’s you determine how you want the switch to work – you can select between “Mute” or “Lock Rotation.” “Mute,” the current behavior in iOS 4.2, is selected by default. If you choose “Mute,” “Lock Rotation” will appear in the multitasking tray, if you choose “Lock Rotation,” “Mute” will appear in the multitasking tray. Pretty cool.

iPad Orientation Lock

I’m glad Apple is making the setting available for a couple of reasons. 1) I preferred it when the switch locked screen orientation, so I’ll be taking advantage of this setting. 2) It shows that Apple is willing to backtrack on usability decisions based on feedback from their customers.

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