All items tagged with "mute"

Mutator, A Plug-In Mute Switch For Your iPhone, iPad, iPod

The Mutator is a hardware mute switch for your iPhone. What’s that you say? You already have a hardware mute switch on your iPhone? Well, yes you do. But – as the poor fellow who caused Mahlergate found out – mute doesn’t always mean “mute”.

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Use Hold Instead Of Mute On Your iPhone [iOS Tips]

Use Hold Instead Of Mute On Your iPhone [iOS Tips]

Here’s another one of those quirky, brilliant hidden features of the iPhone’s operating system. I’m sure you’ve all muted a phone call while on the line with someone, right? What about when you’re on speaker phone? Mute makes sure that the other person can’t hear you, but you certainly can still hear them. That can be frustrating, especially when in a room with other folks, like during an interview.

Sometimes it’s just good to mute both sides of the conversation, right? Hold is the way your iPhone can do that.

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Developers Say iOS 5.1 Will Not Fix Audio Issues On Your iPhone 4S

Developers Say iOS 5.1 Will Not Fix Audio Issues On Your iPhone 4SA large proportion of iPhone 4S adopters have been hit by an issue on the new device that randomly mutes their audio when they make a call. Their recipient appears to pickup — or the call goes to voicemail — but they do not hear anything.

If you’re one of these users and you’re hoping for a fix in Apple’s upcoming iOS 5.1 software update, then you may be disappointed. According to developers already testing the release, it does not address this particular issue.

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Tweetbot 1.5 Update Allows You To Mute The Most Obnoxious People On Twitter

Tweetbot 1.5 Update Allows You To Mute The Most Obnoxious People On Twitter

Everyone’s favorite Twitter client from Tapbots just got an awesome update that introduces t.co URL shortening, support for international hashtags, the ability to email direct messages, and some bug fixes. But Tweetbot’s best new feature by far is mute filters, which allow you to ignore the people you don’t want to hear to for a while.

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Dear Apple, I Want Screen Lock Back on the iPad Switch! [Poll]

Apple released iOS 4.2.1 for the iPad and true to their word converted the iPad switch from screen orientation lock to mute and un-mute. If you’ve had an iPad since it launched you’ll understand how convenient that switch can be when using your iPad. Of course, this change brings the iPad into alignment with the iPhone. The iPhone switch has always been used to mute and un-mute that device.

Both devices now use the switch in the same way and the screen orientation lock has been moved to the running tasks bar which is accessible by double-tapping the Home button and swiping to the left.

Dear Apple, I Want Screen Lock Back on the iPad Switch! [Poll]

iPad task bar displaying the screen orientation lock on the left.

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Three Suggestions For Improving the iPad’s Lock Switch [Opinion]

Three Suggestions For Improving the iPad’s Lock Switch [Opinion]

When the iPad was first announced, the little “lock switch” was originally intended to be a mute toggle.  When the product launched, it was a “screen orientation lock”.  Apparently it’s headed back for mute purposes.  I think it’s a shame, as I see several paths to more usefulness.

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iPad’s Orientation Lock Switch Repurposed To Mute In iOS 4.2

iPad’s Orientation Lock Switch Repurposed To Mute In iOS .jpg

There’s an interesting change in the way iOS 4.2 handles orientation lock on the iPad… one that indicates a curious design backpedal on the part of Cupertino.

Previously, orientation lock on the iPad was handled with a physical hardware switch on the side of the device, but in iOS 4.2, it has been repurposed as a physical “Mute” button, with the orientation lock achieved the same way it is on the iPhone 4 or iPod Touch under iOS 4: through the multitasking tray.

It’s a minor but significant change that, I suspect, portends the elimination of the mute/screen orientation button on the second-generation iPad. For famously minimal and streamlined Apple, a physical mute button doesn’t make a lot of sense on an iOS device that isn’t a phone.