The iPhone 7 most controversial feature is not what is on it but rather what it lacks – the headphone jack. Apple says that the decision to eliminate the 3.5 mm headphone jack was a courageous one, informed by the fact that this technology is faced out with time. The firm supported this by saying it now looks into the digital future of Lightning port. But this is a future that has started on the wrong foot.
According to a report released by Business Insider, the iPhone 7 Lightning EarPods were found to crash occasionally. The effect is that users were able to continue listening to music but lost control of the volume since the EarPods remained frozen. The shortcuts for receiving calls also remained inactive.
The factor causing all these problems is the software.
The 3.5mm pairs based their operation on hardware but the Lightning jack-based headphones rely on software so as to operate. The Silicon-Valley- based company confirmed to Business Insider that a bug is existent in iOS 10 and iOS 10.0.1 which causes the freezing.
For those already affected, there is some good news for you: Apple is already working to solve the problem. The solution will presumably be issued as iOS 10.1 or iOS 10.0.2 update.
What do I do till then?
Before the update is released, iPhone 7 users are advised to unplug the Lightning EarPods and plug them back anytime the problem happens. Considering the issue is happening at random, you may have extended periods with no crash and then enter into a period of crashes.
Of course users who did not support the removal of the jack may use this as an opportunity to prove they were right. The headphone jack is not ambiguous, is simple and is not affected by software updates. On top of that, it is less prone to wear and tear.
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