iOS 4.3 for iPad gives option of mute switch... or orientation lock!

We're hearing that the just released iOS 4.3 beta gives users an option in settings to toggle between mute and orientation lock in settings.

When iPad originally shipped with iOS 3.2, the hardware switch was strictly an orientation lock. iOS 4.2 changed this to strictly a mute switch (with orientation lock moving to the fast app switcher dock). Now it appears we're actually being given a choice. Guess Steve Jobs changed his mind!

Hurrah.

[Thanks anondev!]

Rene Ritchie

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E$F says:

So FaceTime over 3G anytime soon besides other apps or jb?

Stooovie says:

Omg I was Waiting for 4.2.1 jailbreak just for enabling Screen lock. Please make it into final build :)

Redshirt says:

Who says Apple doesn't listen? Eventually... :)

Wierdninja says:

Yes.....I had a feeling Apple would think it through.....I'm happy...

Matt Sawyers says:

Maybe he did read my email I sent him awhile back...

James Thuerwaechter says:

I think plenty of ppl sent him emails like that, but whatever makes you sleep at night

Thomas says:

Omg I'm so happy! That mute switch was a horrible idea!!

Barking Cat says:

Anyone know if the 4.3 Beta will fix the problem with using the iPad Camera Connection Kit and either an SD card or USB thumb drive? Ever since 4.2 I have been unable to use either due to the "not enough power" error. I sent Apple an email on this issue and since it is clear by googling the topic that many many users are now having the same problem.

James Thuerwaechter says:

That's why it's called a beta...there's bound to be plenty of bugs

meerkat says:

This will make Georgia happier than nailing a flying armbar! ;-)
Come on Georgia, what've you got to say? :-)

James Thuerwaechter says:

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Gregz0r says:

Even more astonishing, is that Apple gave us the choice - although I can't see how anyone would prefer the option of the mute switch. I haven't touched that switch once, since the last update.
I hope they also add a brightness control to the task switcher on the iPhone too.

James Thuerwaechter says:

Well just download ssb settings via jb

excaliburca says:

Apple actually listens instead of dictating... I'm impressed.

James Thuerwaechter says:

Well we are their source of income after all....

James Thuerwaechter says:

Nobody cares Gonzales. Galaxy tab FTW!

chance says:

I'm kinda new to apple here, waiting on getting my vzw iphone but i'm wondering how will the ipad stand up to the Xoom? I know the die hards will always stick with apple but the xoom has some very impressive specks and the little video's on it look very inviting, is anyone gonna dump their ipad for a xoom? I was almost sold on the ipad till i saw this just want to know what apple users think.

Yobad says:

Sometimes I wonder if apple just releases these things to make sure that they always have one up on jailbreakers. I'm still sitting around on a jailbroken iPhone 4 running 4.0.1. I was going to upgrade to, and jailbreak 4.2.1 but now they are coming out with an update again and the new jb isn't even out for windows yet to my knowledge! Thank god for shsh blobs.