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New Apple headphones only partially compatible with iPhone

Apple’s new Earphones and In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic are only partially compatible with the iPhone and iPhone 3G, according to a recently-posted Apple support document. The Knowledge Base article titled “Compatibility of wired headset models with iPod and iPhone models” explains that while the remote, microphone, and volume control features of the new headphones are compatible with the 120GB iPod classic, iPod nano 4G, and iPod touch 2G, the volume controls will not work with iPhone or iPhone 3G — only the playback remote and microphone. As previously revealed on the headphones’ product page, earlier iPod models will be compatible with audio only. Both the Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic and In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic are available for order now from the Apple Store online, and are listed as shipping in 3-4 weeks and 7-10 days, respectively.

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In that case, I will pick up some Sennheiser MM50’s - they’re slightly cheaper (on Amazon, at least) and I’m betting the sound is better, based on my experiences with other Sennheiser headphones.

Posted by Bethany on December 2, 2008 at 3:02 PM (CST)


That’s the most retarded crap ever. Why have the earphones only support the iPod, but not the iPhone. Stupid Apple. I was really looking forward to being able to control playback and volume via a ‘remote’ of sorts.

Posted by Imahottguy on December 2, 2008 at 3:19 PM (CST)


This is old news.  Remember, the extra functionality is possible because of hardware built into the newer iPods.  That hardware was not included when the iPhones and older iPods became available.

There are only 2 ways to do the same thing with the iPhones: 1) Add a volume reducer knob to the headphone wiring itself, or 2) make the headphones connect through the dock port.  #1 doesn’t allow you to increase the volume over the current setting on the iPhone, and #2 isn’t sleek and cool.

Posted by Brandon on December 2, 2008 at 4:36 PM (CST)


where was it stated that there is different internal wiring for the volume controls? i’ve heard more than one person state this as fact, i just can’t find any official noting of this anywhere on the internet.

Posted by JC on December 2, 2008 at 5:08 PM (CST)


Regardless of any hardware issue it seems odd that they would introduce a new set of custom headphones with a microphone included that does not work with an iPhone.  This design seems to be exactly what people with iPhones would want, so why wouldn’t Apple make it work somehow for both the iPhone and iPod…..maybe that is why there has been such a delay!

Posted by TosaDeac on December 2, 2008 at 7:01 PM (CST)


I’m waiting for the teardown pix to reveal all!

Posted by Ryan Gray on December 2, 2008 at 7:41 PM (CST)


Invest in a bluetooth transmitter and a decent pair of bluetooth headphones.  That way you have control, freedom, and if/when the iPhones and iPods support bluetooth stereo your only out the cost of the transmitter.

I don’t know if “stupid” is the right word to describe a company that has already made it’s money from you via your purchase of an iPod.  The fact of the matter is (just like everything else in our society) if you don’t like it there are always other choices.

Posted by Cerealbox on December 2, 2008 at 7:42 PM (CST)


This is pretty typical of the recent sloppiness of the iPod division at Apple. Everything from the iPhone 3G accessory debacle to an overlapping lineup that hasn’t advanced much to this…

I guess it is no surprise since Apple is turning into a typical consumer electronics company instead of a meticulous computer company headed guided by an awesome level of OCDness…

Posted by anon on December 2, 2008 at 7:53 PM (CST)


maybe Apple is planning for a next gen iPhone in 2009?

Posted by phongsta on December 2, 2008 at 11:19 PM (CST)


The incompatibility of Apple’s products is getting beyond ridiculous. For the last few generations, Apple seems to have removed compatibility with so many products that worked previously. And now their own new accessories won’t even work properly with products of the current generation? That’s insanity.

What has happened to Apple over the last couple of years? Something really seems to have changed. They have either really messed up the design of their current products and can’t get anything to work with them or they have just ceased to care one way or another.

Posted by BeefJerky on December 3, 2008 at 3:15 AM (CST)


When can we expect a review of these headphones by ilounge?


Posted by Newtown on December 3, 2008 at 4:58 AM (CST)


Personally, I think this is great news.  This means the new headphones will be at least the same as the headset you receive with the iPhone.

I’m pretty sure these are the cheapest dual driver headphones available.  If iLounge gives it a decent review, I’ll probably buy it.

Posted by pete on December 3, 2008 at 8:09 AM (CST)


some of you are complaining about how Apple is being unreasonable about not making their current products compatible with old accessories, etc.  well, Apple is also a company run by businessmen and board members.  this is all part of their strategic plan to, mind you, transition or migrate users to newer products and platforms all for - you guessed it - profits and revenues: the bottom line of all business.  whether you like it or not, there will be people that will help the business people at Apple with their strategic plan.  it’s quite normal really.  i don’t like it anymore than others that complain about it…  but this is what drives the economy (i don’t think it applies to this current economy, however, IMHO).

Posted by phongsta on December 3, 2008 at 5:58 PM (CST)


I have a bluetooth headset that works with the phone part of my “Iphone”.  However, I can’t listen to the Iphone Itunes with the bluetooth headset.

Am I missing a setting?  Am I suppossed to try and switch headsets like a maniac when I get a phone call?

Please help.  I am searching for the answer everywhere….is it just a setting I missed?  or can I not listen to the Iphone Itunes with my bluetooth headset?

Posted by Mille on December 17, 2008 at 10:35 PM (CST)


Great dissapointed, have been an Apple user since 1979 and indeed the last few years compatibility between products is terrible.  Most of the iPod extras didn’t work on the iPod touch, like the radio remote.  And now this with the headset… was really looking forward to this for my iPhone…

Posted by rrrichie on March 7, 2009 at 1:14 PM (CST)


Apple is the kind of company that continually lets you down. I just bought some of the headphones and thinking they didnt work i rang up support. No one at apple support had any idea of the issue so i took the headphones back and had them exchanged. The new ones had the same issue. Damm u apple, stuff either doesnt work cos it broke or cos u designed it not to work.
Get with it Jobs!!
How hard is it to make hardware compatible from the same company? and why dont stores sell the old iPhone 3g headphones now that the new ones have come out if the new ones dont work! Arrrh

Thanks for the vent!

Posted by michael on August 24, 2009 at 7:40 PM (CDT)

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