Ever since the iOS 4.2 beta for iPad came out, some people have been a little upset about the hardware orientation lock being changed into an iPhone-like mute switch. There's been talk (hope) of getting a settings option that would allow for the user to choose between orientation lock and mute, but now that's been dashed by an email response purportedly from Apple's top dog himself, Steve Jobs:

The question:

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?

Jobs' answer:

Yep. Sent from my iPhone

The follow up:

Are you planning to make that a changeable option?

Jobs' answer:

Nope. Sent from my iPhone

When Apple first announced the iPad, it was shown to have a hardware mute switch. Just before its release, Apple updated their spec page, relabeling it as an orientation lock. Now they've flipped the switch again and it looks like there's no going back. Remember though you can still access the orientation lock just like on the iPhone and iPod touch by double-tapping the home button and then swiping to the right.

Are you a proponent of the mute switch or do you wish it was left the way it was? Tell us your thoughts on the switch being switched in the comments below.

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by Brian Tufo