Apple tablet has a few mechanical controls, those are On/Off (Sleep/Wake) button, Home button, Volume Up/Down button and Mute / Unmute (Lock/Unlock) switch. The frequent use of those tiny things may lead to wearing out of your iconic tablet no matter what model you have: newest iPad 4 / iPad mini , its predecessor iPad 3 / iPad 2 or original iPad. In order to ensure the proper the proper functioning of iPad its users must become accustomed to virtual controls provided by iOS to support mechanical buttons and allowing minimize their use.
At the very least iOS gives support to four separate virtual buttons, namely Home, Lock Screen, Volume Up and Volume Down, which provide users with means for displaying the Home screen on iPad, stopping the wiggling icons, putting iPad's screen to sleep, controlling the sound, you name it. To start using them users must activate on their iPad/ iPad 2/ iPad 3 / iPad mini / iPad 4 AssistiveTouch Button. Here is the instruction:
AssistiveTouch button can be docked either at any of four corners or at two designated places on both left and right sides of iPad’s screen. Just touch it and move to the place you want.
Now with AssistiveTouch on Apple tablet’s screen you are able to work with virtual controls. Just tap AssistiveTouch button to open its panel and find both virtual Device and virtual Home buttons. Use the last one just like the physical Home button. For example, double tap it to open multitasking panel. With one tap you may stop the wiggling icons.
Behind virtual Device on AssistiveTouch panel is AssitiveDevice virtual dashboard with six virtual buttons. Their names imply predetermined functionality. Touch for example Lock Screen virtual button to send immediately iPad to sleep.
iPad / iPad 2 / iPad 3 / iPad mini / iPad 4 Virtual Controls Flowchart
(Mind you, moving mouse / taping over the image will zoom its parts. Left click will trigger magnifier.)