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According to my iPhone-bearing sources, iOS 10.0.2

Addresses an issue that could prevent headphone audio controls from temporarily not working

I hate it when audio controls are prevented from temporarily not working, don't you?

The obligatory screenshot:

[h/t Stewart Nicol]

Update — turns out the confusing announcement may have been the result of cognitive overload caused by intense embarrassment:

Last week's launch of iOS 10 was rough for Apple. The update bricked some iPhones and iPads, plus it introduced a bug where Lightning headphones lost their playback controls, rendering the in-line remote useless.

A week later, Apple has a fix in the form of iOS 10.0.2. The headphone bug wasn't helped by Apple's decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7.

The issue also affected users who were using the Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter. Apple included a pair of Lightning EarPods with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but the remote control bug frustrated users who were used to having wired headphones that just worked.

And it seems that this is not the only bizarre, thoughtless, undertested bug recently rolled out by Apple


  1. Guy said,

    September 23, 2016 @ 5:35 pm

    I'm guessing they don't mean that they added a way to turn your headphones off.

  2. Gregory Kusnick said,

    September 23, 2016 @ 6:14 pm

    This could be good news if your controls were permanently not working. Now you'll be able to make them temporarily not work.

  3. Richard said,

    September 23, 2016 @ 11:11 pm

    I know this is awkward phrasing, but I don't quite see why it's a misnegation. It's a good thing if you can prevent these controls from malfunctioning, no? You want them to work—not to not work.

  4. Richard said,

    September 23, 2016 @ 11:12 pm

    Okay—slow on uptake here :(

  5. John said,

    September 23, 2016 @ 11:48 pm

    I wonder if the reason for the error in the first place was a misnegated line in some specification, which the programmers implemented as written.

  6. Nathalie said,

    September 24, 2016 @ 4:28 am

    It's also interesting that they merely "address" the first issue while they "resolve" the second and "fix" the third.

  7. Keith said,

    September 25, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

    I hate those kinds of "issues".

    Magazines have issues. Tunnels have issues.

    iPhones and iPads do not have issues, they have problems.

  8. richardelguru said,

    September 26, 2016 @ 6:52 am

    So, Keith, you don't have an issue with 'problems', but you do have a problem with 'issues'?

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