Originally Posted by Haggar
Can't that be achieved by holding the "volume down" button as some people suggest?
Well, that would be nice, but actually, when locked with no audio playing, the volume buttons are disabledjust like on the iPhone. Thus, with 3.2 on the iPad, I would have to open my iPad case, unlock the iPad, then hold down the volume toggle to turn the volume down. Then, after my meeting ends, rinse, repeat. The mute switch allows me to control this gracefully and without drawing attention to myself.
It's an admittedly small advantage, but it's more important to have a physical button for the mute switch than for the orientation lock since the only times you'll use the orientation lock will be when the iPad is already unlocked meaning you're a double tap and swipe away from the software orientation lock (: