No matter how hard I try, I simply cannot get used to the iPhone’s lack of a home-screen specific orientation lock. The iOS “Portrait Orientation Lock” feature lets you completely lock your device orientation, so it doesn’t rotate at all when you hold it horizontally (as detailed in this Macworld.com article, which reminded me of this particular pet peeve).
However, once you enable the setting you have to manually turn it off if you want to use an app in landscape mode — unless that app works only in landscape. I have never once wanted or needed to use my iPhone’s home screen in landscape mode, but I use the browser and other apps while holding my device horizontally all the time.
All I want is a feature that lets me permanently lock my home screen in portrait mode but still use screen rotation within apps. Is that too much to ask, Apple? (Yeah, I know, slow day in Ye Olde Blogosphere. But come on, it’s annoying as hell, and it would probably be simple to add such a feature.)
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.