I love finding little features of my computer that I haven’t discovered yet. For example, I keep my MacBook on mute most of the time. That way if an errant beep or alarm sounds, it doesn’t bother everyone else in the cafe where I’m invariably working.
Still, I like to listen to music or watch the occasional video in these places, so I’ll plug in my headphones. However, on my MacBook, I noticed that when I plug in my headphones, the volume icon in the menubar suddenly unmutes. Intrigued, I tried plugging and unplugging my headphones a handful of times, and sure enough, when you pull the headphones out, it mutes the speakers again. This only happens, however, if you’ve actually turned mute on while the headphones are unplugged. If you mute while the headphones are in, you can plug and unplug the headphones all day and it won’t do it.
I’m not sure how long this feature has been around; I never noticed it on my old iBook, and I wasn’t able to find any documentation on Apple’s site about it. I do know that both my 5G iPod and iPod nanos pause the current track if you pull the plug out (though the 5G is sometimes flaky about it), so I’d guess that’s where Apple got the idea. It’s a nice touch from a company known for nice touches.
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