Since the launch of iOS 4, I’ve been nagged by the orientation lock toggle that shares screen space with the iPod controls in the multitasking menu. Why is this the one setting blessed with such prominent access? I don’t doubt many iPhone users make frequent use of this feature, but I certainly don’t.
My most frequent settings change is enabling/disabling Bluetooth to match my need for headphones. This may happen several times a day. When I travel, WiFi and Airplane mode are settings I repeatedly reach for.
Every time I toggle one of those settings, I wish to be able to access them without multiple levels deep into the settings app (WiFi and Bluetooth toggles are a level deeper than Airplane Mode). Here’s what my proposed solution to this daily problem has evolved into:
Replace the screen lock icon with an icon for frequently used settings. Tapping this settings icon slides up a menu of toggle switches to enable fast enabling/disabling without needing to leave the active application and dive through menus.
I’m hoping Apple has an even better solution on the way. I can’t imagine I’m the only one.