Some have noticed that after a certain amount of time, their Lightning-enabled headphones will no longer respond to playback controls. Apple says it’s aware of the issue and is now working on a fix.
Essentially what happens is if your Lightning-enabled headphones are plugged in while the phone is asleep for more than five minutes without audio playing, the playback buttons stop working. This means you can’t access Siri, change the volume, play/pause music, or answer calls.
An Apple spokesperson told Business Insider that a fix is coming for the bug, but doesn’t say when the software update will be released.
While only a few users have come across this bug, it has been large enough that Apple is now aware of the issue. It seems as though it’s an issue with the Lightning port “going to sleep” after a few minutes as Apple’s own Lightning to 3.5mm adapter has similar issues, in addition to its Lightning EarPods.
While Apple doesn’t mention it specifically, we assume it’ll fix the issue with the adapter as well.
It’s clear that Apple’s goal is to go wireless, and hasn’t thoroughly tested its Lightning counterpart for those who choose to use it.