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Apple replaces ‘Airplane Mode’ prompt in iPhone OS 4


Apple has replaced its prior “This accessory is not made to work with iPhone” prompt with a slightly more descriptive alert in the latest beta version of iPhone OS 4 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The prior prompt asked users if they would like to turn on Airplane Mode to reduce audio interference, noting that they wouldn’t be able to make or receive calls and giving them yes or no options at the bottom. In contrast, the new alert in OS 4 says “This accessory is not optimized for this iPhone,” noting that “[y]ou may experience noise caused by cellular interference and a decrease in cellular signal strength,” with no mention of Airplane Mode and a single “Dismiss” button at the bottom.

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Given how often I see this error from my iPhone (and my wife’s, its not unique) even when plugging into certified iPhone compatible hardware from Apple and others I wish there were a way to just configure it off.  Or maybe its time for Apple to fix the bug in its sensing software…

Posted by Fanfoot on May 18, 2010 at 8:19 PM (CDT)


I wish Apple would hire a tap counter like Palm had back in the day.  There’s no reason why there’s not a toggle switch on the main Settings page instead of needed to go to another page just to turn it on.  Same here, why they took out the option to turn it off puzzles me.  My speakers are from the iPod Mini days, so of course it’s not EMI resistant.  I place my iPhone in it, get the message, and turn on airplane mode in no time flat.  Now I’ll need to “Dismiss” that message even though I don’t want to and then navigate there myself.  PITA.


Posted by Brianbobcat on May 18, 2010 at 9:57 PM (CDT)


When I first experienced this, I thought, “what an incredibly useful feature!”.  Why on earth would they remove it?

Posted by Galley on May 20, 2010 at 1:53 PM (CDT)

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