Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 6 weeks, I’m sure by now you are aware of Apple’s decision to change the function of that little switch located on the upper right hand side of the iPad, just above the volume switches. It was doing fine and dandy as the tablet’s orientation switch, allowing you to lock the orientation of the iPad regardless of how the device is being held or propped up.
Well, with the release of iOS 4.2 to the iPad, comes a change that frankly doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. That switch now becomes a mute switch! Hunh? It’s not like we didn’t have that capability already – just hold down the ‘Volume Down’ button to achieve the same result.
Don’t get me wrong, this is not an earth shattering decision, but frankly, it is quite surprising coming from a company that prides itself in providing world class user experience. They could have at least provided the user with an option to use the switch as they wish.
So I just don’t get it. Maybe someone can explain Apple’s rationale to me in the comments section. I haven’t seen or heard one person blog, tweet, or speak of their happiness with Apple’s decision. If you do, please enlighten me as to why.