John Gruber (who approves of Apple’s implementation) and Andy Ihnatko (who doesn’t) led the discussion that rapidly splintered off into hundreds of conversations like some fungus spreading across the Internet.
So, here is my input.
Step 1. Learn how your new phone works before you go to the symphony.
That is all.
Feel free to continue to grumble amongst yourselves. Please be sure to emphasize how right/wrong Apple is about this and how great/terrible the iPhone is when compared to other smart phones.
N.B.: Don’t fool yourself into saying it’s a Mute button. It’s a switch.