BEWARE which headphones you use with iPad!

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Sir Cecil, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2008
    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!
  2. macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2009
    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...
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2009
  4. macrumors 65816

    Jun 5, 2007
    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.
  5. macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    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.
  6. macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    How nice to live in a bubble where nothing unexpected happens.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2009
    Yes. People do need reminding.
  8. macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    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
  9. macrumors 604


    Jun 30, 2007

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  10. macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    Use A2DP bluetooth headsets which work well. Then no issues with falling ipad's!
  11. macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2009
    Can you change tracks with the BT headphones on the iPad? You currently cannot do that on the iPhone, only volume adjustments.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Dec 15, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    I just had an image of carefree people walking around with their iPhones dangling from their headphone's cord.
  13. macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    "Oh wow, so THAT'S where it went."
  14. macrumors 6502

    Jan 27, 2010
    Do NOT try to sky-dive with the iPad unless it has it's own parachute.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2009
    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.
  16. macrumors 601


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    When using headphones i would use it on my lap. Tho Thanks!!
  17. macrumors 65816

    Mark Booth

    Jan 16, 2008
    rotflmao :)

  18. macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2010
    Gastonia, NC
    and long cords too

    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 no likey them.

    Sent from my iPad
  19. macrumors 604


    Jun 30, 2007
    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?
  20. macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2007
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Haha, I can just imagine Apple implementing MagSafe into their Earphones after reading your thread. :D
  21. macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2010
    This is common sense. :rolleyes:

    Hopefully everyone has had Cord 101 from their iPods
  22. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    San Jose (CA)
    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.
  23. macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2007
    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.
  24. macrumors 604


    Jun 30, 2007
    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.
  25. macrumors G3


    May 18, 2008
    Hartford, CT
    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?!

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