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Old Mar 21, 2011, 04:15 PM   #1
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iPad doesn't come with headphones

I was curious what everyone thought about the iPad not coming with headphones. I know it's not meant to be a portable device like the iPod or iPhone, but I figured they would toss a set of headphones in there anyway. I know I am probably over-thinking it & I should look at it more as a laptop device than a portable device (and I don't think laptops come with headphones either), but I was genuinely a little surprised when I saw they weren't included.


And to beat the flamers to the punch:

"Cool story bro!"
"You're a dumbass!"
"Why is this even a thread?"
"Why would they include headphones?"
"It's not like you are going jogging with the thing!"
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 04:22 PM   #2
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riveting tale bro
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 04:23 PM   #3
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I think Apple expects us to already have headphones from a iPhone or iPod


I still think they should've given us some tho!
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 04:24 PM   #4
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I was a little surprised, too, last year with the original iPad...

Seems to me like it wouldn't have killed them to have thrown a pair in there, but what are ya' gonna do?
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 04:26 PM   #5
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No one should be using those horrible headphones, anyway.

Enjoy your music... geez.
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 04:27 PM   #6
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Macs don't come with headphones either?
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 04:28 PM   #7
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They figure it has a decent speaker so you can just use that.
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 04:28 PM   #8
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Just bought a sandwich for lunch. DIDN'T COME WITH HEADPHONES!!!!
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 04:32 PM   #9
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I like how you Preempted all the standard Apple defenses. It's just so typical for people to slam the consumer when we simply are curious on why Apple didn't do something. It's not like we're asking for a BOSE headset. Just the cheapie ones because they cost nothing and the old ones we're using are all gray and nasty.

But unfortunately Apple's minimalistic approach has become a money making scheme. They no longer include the remote with Macs despite them being fantastic MediaCenter devices with Front Row. And with such a low powered internal iPad/Touch speaker then the standard headphones would be all you need for doing a garage band scratch track on the bus or doing an iMovie edit in the park. So it's a shame they aren't included, but if you really want it you can buy one for... $30???
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 04:39 PM   #10
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I'm actually glad they didn't include headphones, I've got tons of unused headphones piling up in the closet from various iPods. They are just as bad as computer mice, which I also don't use because I prefer trackballs, but you can't use the joke that "See, they multiply like mice!"
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 04:45 PM   #11
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Because being an iPod is just one function of the iPad and my guess is Apple thought that including them would make people think the iPad was just an iPod touch with some added functions, instead of a tablet computer that also happens to have iPod functionality.
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 04:51 PM   #12
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Well it comes with speakers, so I'm not sure there is a need for the device to come with headphones.
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 04:51 PM   #13
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I'm still confused. Is every Apple product supposed to come with headphones?
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 04:51 PM   #14
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Maybe they like to think headphones+case/cover= up to $100 more spent on pretty basic accessories per unit sold. Add a dock and some kind of cable and it equals the price of an iPod nano.
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 05:01 PM   #15
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Probably the same reason it doesn't come with a printed manual, a CD-ROM setup disc, a vinyl carrying case, and a cleaning cloth:

Those sort of items add to the Bill-Of-Materials cost, and ultimately drive up the retail price. And yet most people can use their iPads perfectly well without them.

Apple is as good as any company in tech at figuring out how to take cost out of devices. They were the first to ditch the floppy drive in PCs. And many, many people ripped them for their decision not to include cameras in the first gen iPad.
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 05:08 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by KittyKatta View Post
I like how you Preempted all the standard Apple defenses. It's just so typical for people to slam the consumer when we simply are curious on why Apple didn't do something. It's not like we're asking for a BOSE headset. Just the cheapie ones because they cost nothing and the old ones we're using are all gray and nasty.
Everyone has or SHOULD have better earphones than the standard Apple ones.


besides, "standard Apple defenses"'
let's see, how a non-Apple company handles this.



Interesting

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Old Mar 21, 2011, 05:14 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Fliesen View Post
Everyone has or SHOULD have better earphones than the standard Apple ones.
besides 'standard Apple defenses'

let's see, how a non-Apple company handles this.



Interesting
The answer is actually very simple, because earphones usually defines MP3-Players / Phones. and putting earphones with iPad would risk defining the iPad as one of the two...

Now Scratch All That And Read: Because its cheaper.
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 05:32 PM   #18
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No stickers either. I like the headphones when the charge dies on my motorolas
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