updated 09:00 pm EDT, Sat October 23, 2010
Jobs says mute on iPad here to stay
Apple chief Steve Jobs took the time in a response Saturday to lay to rest hopes that his company might reverse the decision to change the iPad's orientation lock to a mute switch. He confirmed that it would stay a mute switch with a direct "yep." He likewise answered the 9to5 reader's question about the possibility of a toggle to switch it back and forth, giving a simple "nope" in reply.
The iPad was introduced in January having the side-mounted switch as a mute toggle to start, but it initially shipped in April as an orientation lock for then-unknown reasons. The launch of iOS 4 and plans to bring it to the iPad this November let Apple change it back by putting the option in the multitasking drawer. iPhones have always had their side switch cued to mute.