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!