Right now, I am typing this post on my iPod, using the OneNote app. At the time of writing this, it’s 1:30am and I am lying in bed, on my side. I am also typing in landscape. Now, normal people, if you don’t realise how difficult this is, you obviously don’t own an iPhone/iPod Touch. I suggest you stop reading this now, for this is going to get all Appley.
I’m going to mention a new accessibility feature on iOS5, called AssistiveTouch. The main concept of it is to help people with motor control problems. However, using AssistiveTouch, you can lock your iPhone’s screen in the landscape position.
This is only beneficial in a small number of cases, it’s just been a couple of times when I’ve wondered why these devices only lock a portrait orientation. It is particularly useful for apps which don’t lock their orientation when you hold them upside down i.e. OneNote, when writing a blog post at night.
If you want to go back to normal, turn off AssistiveTouch and unlock the rotation by double-pressing Home.