CNET reported earlier today that developers who were given early releases of iOS 4.2 for testing purposes, found a couple interesting changes to the iPad’s basic controls.
For instance, the screen orientation lock slider on the side of the iPad morphed into a mute button, similarly to the iPhone. Some people will likely love it, but the team at PadGadget is not that excited about it, as the iPad is not an iPhone, and the screen lock button can be extremely useful when reading a book or a web page while on the go. Note that the screen orientation lock function did not disappear completely, as users can still lock their screens by pulling up the new iOS 4.2 multitasking bar.
Another basic change seems to be around the screen brightness: the iOS 4.2 beta allows users to adjust the brightness of their iPad’s screen on the fly, instead of having to exit apps and having to adjust the brightness via the iPad’s settings – an improvement that should be welcomed by most iPad owners.
iOS 4.2 for iPad: easy access to screen brightness, and screen orientation lock
Note that since iOS 4.2 is still in a beta stage, these functional changes may not be included in the final release, scheduled to be out in November.