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Sir Cecil
Apr 4, 2010, 03:22 AM
Actually, I think this is why Apple has NOT provided headphones with this model - they do not want to be held responsible for smashed iPads so they leave the choice of headset to you.
If you are using a headphone with a short cable (as is common with iPod/iPhone headsets), you will easily pull the iPad off a nearby surface if you stand up and move away from the device by just a couple of feet while wearing the headset.
This isn't a common problem with an iPod which is usually being held, or strapped to a belt, or in a pocket etc. But the iPad will likely be on a coffee table or arm of a sofa or suchlike, ready to take a heavy tumble if you pull on it.
At this stage, I'd say in-ear headsets would be preferable to firmer-fitting over-the-head types. The in-ears would be likelier to detach from your ears under strain against the weight of the iPad, while over-the-head phones will definitely pull the iPad.
Remember, those short iPod-type cables mean you only need to take a single step away from the iPad to pull on it.
I hope this saves some of you some broken iPad glass!



zacheryjensen
Apr 4, 2010, 04:38 AM
Actually, I think this is why Apple has NOT provided headphones with this model - they do not want to be held responsible for smashed iPads so they leave the choice of headset to you.
If you are using a headphone with a short cable (as is common with iPod/iPhone headsets), you will easily pull the iPad off a nearby surface if you stand up and move away from the device by just a couple of feet while wearing the headset.
This isn't a common problem with an iPod which is usually being held, or strapped to a belt, or in a pocket etc. But the iPad will likely be on a coffee table or arm of a sofa or suchlike, ready to take a heavy tumble if you pull on it.
At this stage, I'd say in-ear headsets would be preferable to firmer-fitting over-the-head types. The in-ears would be likelier to detach from your ears under strain against the weight of the iPad, while over-the-head phones will definitely pull the iPad.
Remember, those short iPod-type cables mean you only need to take a single step away from the iPad to pull on it.
I hope this saves some of you some broken iPad glass!

That's a very good point. I almost lost my 3 pound Sony laptop doing the thing you describe. It's a real risk but I am not sure anything short of wireless headphones is going to replace being careful. Maybe some enterprising chap can come up with a small magnetic quick release adapter for the headphone plug similar in concept to the power plug on the Mac notebook computers. Maybe someone already has...

applesupergeek
Apr 4, 2010, 04:47 AM
Good points.

smiddlehurst
Apr 4, 2010, 04:50 AM
Umm, while a good point and everything... do people REALLY need reminding that if you're connected to something by a cable you need to be careful not to move outside the length of that cable? That strikes me as a remarkably stupid way to break a device.

thegoldenmackid
Apr 4, 2010, 04:55 AM
By the same token. Be careful not to leave your iPad on a smooth slanted surface. Also, if you are using it on your toilet, don't put it on top of the toilet when you get up to flush, as you risk knocking it down or knocking it into a toilet.

niuniu
Apr 4, 2010, 04:58 AM
Umm, while a good point and everything... do people REALLY need reminding that if you're connected to something by a cable you need to be careful not to move outside the length of that cable? That strikes me as a remarkably stupid way to break a device.

How nice to live in a bubble where nothing unexpected happens.

zacheryjensen
Apr 4, 2010, 04:58 AM
Umm, while a good point and everything... do people REALLY need reminding that if you're connected to something by a cable you need to be careful not to move outside the length of that cable? That strikes me as a remarkably stupid way to break a device.

Yes. People do need reminding.

mickbab
Apr 4, 2010, 05:00 AM
I love Google.

It's called Replug, and it is a headphone insert which you plug into your headphone jack, it has a magnet on the end which another magnetic thing attaches to, and that other magnetic thing has a headphone jack on the end of it. Makes more sense if you see it.

linkety link link (http://www.replug.com/home.php)

Julien
Apr 4, 2010, 06:31 AM
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zub3qin
Apr 4, 2010, 06:33 AM
Use A2DP bluetooth headsets which work well. Then no issues with falling ipad's!

MattWylde
Apr 4, 2010, 07:30 AM
Use A2DP bluetooth headsets which work well. Then no issues with falling ipad's!

Can you change tracks with the BT headphones on the iPad? You currently cannot do that on the iPhone, only volume adjustments.

paulisme
Apr 4, 2010, 07:55 AM
I just had an image of carefree people walking around with their iPhones dangling from their headphone's cord.

gloss
Apr 4, 2010, 07:59 AM
I just had an image of carefree people walking around with their iPhones dangling from their headphone's cord.

"Oh wow, so THAT'S where it went."

msduncan
Apr 4, 2010, 08:04 AM
Do NOT try to sky-dive with the iPad unless it has it's own parachute.

applesupergeek
Apr 4, 2010, 05:14 PM
Do NOT try to sky-dive with the iPad unless it has it's own parachute.

This is a wise-ass comment, the op was trying to be helpful by reminding people of something that will happen probably 1000s of times to a lot of people, he wasn't exaggerating or belabouring a point, because the super vast majority have not used an ipad so far with headphones and are bound to run across some issues. No reason to be nasty.

goobot
Apr 4, 2010, 05:18 PM
When using headphones i would use it on my lap. Tho Thanks!!

Mark Booth
Apr 4, 2010, 05:23 PM
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rotflmao :)

Mark

undrpsi
Apr 4, 2010, 05:53 PM
I was reading your post and started laughing...just this morning, as I got up from the couch, my longish headphone cord caught the coffee table and almost pulled it from my hands :eek:

I guess like the touch keyboard (which is going from ugh to useable with practice) we'll just have to find the sweet spot.

Any body got links to some BT headphones. The only ones I have noticed (but haven't really been looking) are the behind the neck ones..me no likey them.

Sent from my iPad

Julien
Apr 4, 2010, 06:09 PM
Not only hot but boiling, the elderly lady was severely scalded...

Water can't boil more than a couple of seconds once removed from a heat source. There is no way the coffee was boiling in the cup by the time it was pored, lidded, bagged and handed out the window. Have you ever witnessed water boiling when removed from a heat source for more than 5 seconds?

ImperialX
Apr 4, 2010, 06:20 PM
Haha, I can just imagine Apple implementing MagSafe into their Earphones after reading your thread. :D

JS82189
Apr 4, 2010, 06:20 PM
This is common sense. :rolleyes:

Hopefully everyone has had Cord 101 from their iPods

alphaod
Apr 4, 2010, 06:34 PM
I used to worry about this, but my headphones have a 64" cable, so it's quite unlikely now.

Also if my cord does break it, it's easily replaceable. Got to love custom monitors.

Bentov
Apr 4, 2010, 07:55 PM
Can you change tracks with the BT headphones on the iPad? You currently cannot do that on the iPhone, only volume adjustments.

Do you have those controls on your wired headphones? Just curious. I have a pair of sony bluetooth headphones, they are excellent. You can start and stop your music with the headset as well. You will love bluetooth headsets. I figure apple will update the bluetooth in the iphone/ipad ok to give full control soon.

Julien
Apr 4, 2010, 07:58 PM
Used to be headphones had coiled cords (so did phones :eek:). While inefficient use of cord they store better and offer feedback feel to avoid the sudden snap at the end that happens with straight cords.

NT1440
Apr 4, 2010, 08:00 PM
Also, you want to be careful with what gas stations you go to. Apparantly some idiot thought it'd be smart to make gas nozzles that don't break away! If you forget to take it out after refueling your going to seriously screw up both your car and the pump! What kind of idiots design these things for people with a brain?!
:rolleyes:

6andy6
Apr 4, 2010, 08:00 PM
How nice to live in a bubble where nothing unexpected happens.

Its not about being in a bubble Honey, its about taking responsibility for your own actions. No it should not be unexpected if you move 4 feet and have a 3 foot cord and something drops.....its called foreseeable.

krnboy503
Apr 4, 2010, 08:04 PM
Works just as fine with my monster beats by dr. Dre studios.

Cloudane
Apr 4, 2010, 08:08 PM
Umm, while a good point and everything... do people REALLY need reminding that if you're connected to something by a cable you need to be careful not to move outside the length of that cable? That strikes me as a remarkably stupid way to break a device.

No, they don't - but - the way things go in the US, people would go shouting and screaming at the guys in the Apple store until they got their way and got a replacement. Since "the customer is always right" (even when they're wrong) it'd cost them.

But really I doubt this is the actual reason for not bundling the earbuds - I think it's more along the lines of keeping costs down. Sure unboxing was more of an 'experience' in the PPC G4 / iPod 3G era when you got a ton of accessories neatly packaged inside, but it doesn't go with the modern day cost cutting or environmental considerations (not everyone would want them, some will just throw them out).

This thread does raise an interesting point though. It is possible to be a bit dopey and forget that you had the headphones on, let's say if you're tired/drunk and the door bell goes. This would be trouble regardless of cable length. It's a good case for some sort of magsafe adaptor for the things :)

wolfie37
Apr 4, 2010, 08:25 PM
If someone is, let me be kind, 'forgetful' enough to walk away from their iPad whilst wearing short corded ear phones then are they really going to be able to remember reading this warning? This really is a very daft warning to put out, what next? Perhaps we should warn people that when watching a movie on the iPad while it rests on your lap please remember not to stand up when the door bell or phone or microwave goes off as the iPad is going to fall and hit the ground.

joelypolly
Apr 4, 2010, 08:27 PM
Sleeping pills: "Warning: May Cause Drowsiness"

sjinsjca
Apr 4, 2010, 08:33 PM
Apple needs to come out with a mag-safe headset connector.

CarboysDesire
Apr 4, 2010, 08:34 PM
This is a no-brainer but a very good reminder! Everyone is capable of a brainfart and you just may have prevented a few. THANKS!

Vesuvio Cat
Apr 4, 2010, 08:51 PM
Actually, I think this is why Apple has NOT provided headphones with this model - they do not want to be held responsible for smashed iPads so they leave the choice of headset to you.


Seems like it would have been better for them to just tell us about this danger, rather than taking the headphones out of the contents in some form of symbolic code-gesturing.

bchreng
Apr 4, 2010, 08:53 PM
Umm, while a good point and everything... do people REALLY need reminding that if you're connected to something by a cable you need to be careful not to move outside the length of that cable? That strikes me as a remarkably stupid way to break a device.

Until Apple decides to ship their iPads with bluetooth headphones, it's nice to be reminded of this every now and then.

Romanesq
Apr 4, 2010, 08:54 PM
Lots of great choices and the connection was very tight.
That magnetic thingy looks like a lifesaver. Thanks. :cool:

robbrick
Apr 4, 2010, 09:03 PM
How about just using wireless Bluetooth headphones?

barefeats
Apr 4, 2010, 09:38 PM
I have been using Sony DR-BT21G headset with my iPhone. It works well with the iPad but has to be rediscovered each time I turn them on. The iPhone remembers them and connects automatically.

The buttons on the headset are good sized and logically positioned. And they are light. Best of all, they sound great.

Sir Cecil
Apr 4, 2010, 10:06 PM
Its not about being in a bubble Honey, its about taking responsibility for your own actions. No it should not be unexpected if you move 4 feet and have a 3 foot cord and something drops.....its called foreseeable.

This is intended as a family device and some of us can foresee young kids using it and being easily distracted by something or getting excited over some game and leaping up and inadvertently pulling the machine with a short headphone cord and damaging it. Just because your parents might feel you are now old enough to play without their supervision, that doesn't apply to all other children of your age.

eastercat
Apr 5, 2010, 12:27 AM
Its not about being in a bubble Honey, its about taking responsibility for your own actions. No it should not be unexpected if you move 4 feet and have a 3 foot cord and something drops.....its called foreseeable.Great, so being responsible means that you can't have an accident--whether it's your fault or someone else's? I've heard stories of responsible people; their computer goes wonky because someone tripped and spilled coffee onto their notebook. If you're at the cafe with your iPad and listening to music, what's to say that someone won't brush by and bump your tablet off the table?

Water can't boil more than a couple of seconds once removed from a heat source. There is no way the coffee was boiling in the cup by the time it was pored, lidded, bagged and handed out the window. Have you ever witnessed water boiling when removed from a heat source for more than 5 seconds?She suffered second and third degree burns. There were places where the coffee burned her skin to the bone. It sounds as though the coffee was still damn hot.
McDonald's may bag your coffee now, but they didn't used to do that. They just gave you the cup with lid as is. They didn't just heat their coffee to boiling, they exceeded the boiling point. That would allow plenty of time to pour, lid and hand over a cup, filled with coffee above the boiling point.
Water doesn't have to be physically boiling to be boiling hot or hotter. If you've ever microwaved water, you'll know that unless you give the water something to cling to, it'll be boiling hot without any of the boiling action.