But the one "feature" many of us were dreading was death of the "screen orientation lock" switch, which Steve Jobs, in his divine wisdom, decided to change to the much less useful "mute" button (really, how hard is it to just hold the volume down rocker for a couple seconds?).
I do a lot of reading on my iPad, especially before bed, where I might be just as likely to be reclining as sitting upright or lying on my side. I've come to rely on the screen orientation lock to prevent my screen from going to the ridiculously unusable landscape mode in iBooks. If you're like me, one of the first things you'll want to figure out is how to get your screen lock back, and I don't think writing to Jobs is going to help. If he's to be believed, we'll never again have this ability in the form of hardware, so we'll need to go the more cumbersome software route. At least it's as easy as it is annoying. Here's how to do it.
From any screen (a home screen or within an app, such as iBooks shown here), double-tap the Home button to bring up the multitasking bar:
Swipe the bar to the left:
Tap the circular arrow icon:
Now, roll over and read, and go through the motions again when you want to watch a movie in landscape mode.
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