iPod Touch Gets an External Microphone

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple introduced the new iPod Touch yesterday which contained a couple of minor hardware tweaks over the previous model. Most notably, this included a built-in speaker and volume control buttons which were both absent on the 1st generation iPod Touch.

    One item we failed to report, however, was that Apple appears to have also added external microphone support (via accessory) into the iPod Touch as well. Apple introduced two new earphones accessories yesterday: Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic and In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic.

    The microphone feature of the headsets was advertised as allowing you to record voice memos on the new iPod Nano, but Apple's product page indicates that the Mic also works with the iPod Classic as well as the new iPod Touch:
    Adding convenient microphone support into the iPod Touch opens up the possibility of Voice Over IP (VOIP) applications such as Skype which would allow you to make telephone calls from your iPod Touch over Wi-Fi networks. Apple has said that they would not restrict Wi-Fi VOIP applications as long as they did not run over the iPhone's cellular networks.

    The microphones portion of the headsets will not work with the 1st generation iPod Touch.

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  2. macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2007
    Northern Virginia
  3. macrumors 68030

    Full of Win

    Nov 22, 2007
    Ask Apple
    O Boy...here comes the S--- storm over old hardware left out in the cold.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2006
    So does anyone know if these will work w/ the iPhone? I'd like to have the ability to adjust the sound without touching the phone as well as triple clicking to go previous. Would also be nice to get those high-quality in-ear headphones...
  5. macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2007
    the 1st gen and 3g iphone are hardly old. :(

    from the apple store:

    "*Compatibility Information

    The remote and mic are supported only by iPod nano (4th generation), iPod classic (120GB), and iPod touch (2nd generation). Audio is supported by all iPod models."

    apple really is doing some weird stuff lately.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2007
    Exactly. These better work with both generations of iPhone!
  7. macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Yes the In-Ear headphones better work with the iPhone, including the mic/buttons.
    Or I'll be so freakin pissed.
  8. macrumors 6502


    Apr 14, 2005
    São Paulo - Brasil
    The iPod touch is even closer to the iPhone without the phone that a lot of people were asking.

    I think that Apple did a great job with the iPod line up.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2007
    it's about time!
    I'm glad the touch is "growing"
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2008
    So ... Do you think new headphones for $79 will work with an iPhone?
  11. macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2003
    Stavanger, Norway
    I'm feeling I find it hard to choose between an iPod Touch or iPhone. Until yesterday I was set for an iPhone, but now I'm not sure.

    ..and the Touch looks sleeker, too. But no GPS and no internet over 3G might be a deal-breaker for me..
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2007
    Conjecture: The iPod nano 3g (inter al.) supports an external mic, but that's an acessory which uses the serial "Apple Accessory Protocol" to chat with the iPod, whereas the range released yesterday needs nothing but a dumb mic plugged in to record. The connection moves from intelligent data port to dumb 3.5mm port, sort of the opposite to TV out moving to the data port. Likely right/wrong?

    I wonder how uniform the protocol spec is across iPods/iPhones? A small electronics shop could build something that implements as many of the "modes" for an all-in-one-fun accessory, in theory. Although if you wanted to join up with Apple as an accessory provider, I guess you get complete and official docs (how much does that cost?)...
  13. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001

    The new headsets' Audio and Next/Skip controls will reportedly work on the iPhone but not the volume controls

  14. macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Is there any word on whether skype is going to make a native app for the iPhone/iPod? That would definitely be cool.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2008
    Internal vs external

    It's worth noting that this is NOT on the actual ipod - it needs the special headphones plugged in. I had to read this several times to understand that.

    I'm excited by the lineup. A lot of little improvements to the touch; I'm not sure if I'm willing to spend $400 for them though (I'd HAVE to get the 32GB; this would actually hold my entire music library - with some room to spare - which is something I'm missing with my touch.)

    Ok I convinced myself, I'm getting it! I just hope a 64GB doesn't come out after Christmas...
  16. macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2008
    If not Skype, can we get iSkoot?

    iSkoot is not really fully VOIP since it uses the regular voice network for over the air conversations and then switches over to Skype! I jhave it on my Nokia e61, it's awesome.
  17. macrumors 68040

    Lesser Evets

    Jan 7, 2006
    One word:


    I saw a load of haters on the forums bitchin' 'bout how Apple would NEVER allow that to happen. NEVER!! NEVARRRR! Yet they made it happen. Heck, they'll integrate the mic, camera and bloot'th over time. It just didn't happen this year.
  18. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Sorry, I see where the confusion lies. I reworded the article.

    Also, it should be noted that there is no support for the Mic yet as far as I can tell. And there is a small possibility that this is a mistake on Apple's part, though the wording is specific.

  19. macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2008
    Ipod Touch 1G

    I own an Ipod Touch 1G (firmware 2.1).
    I would like to use this new headset to skip songs and set volume.
    Any news about that?
  20. macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2006
    Hmm, that would lead me to believe that the triple-click doesn't work either.

    I wonder if maybe the 2.1 firmware might add this functionality? I mean, would Apple seriously continue to make two different sets of mic-in-line headphones just because they don't want to enable the adjusting of volume and triple click on the iPhone?
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2008
    You took the words right out of my mouth. And they thought IKE was a problem. Snort
  22. macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    Well, they haven't said which ipods the mic and remote work with, so it'll be good when people test it. I would love skype on the iPhone (for wifi areas).
  23. macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2004
    So do they ship the Touch with the 29$ version of those headphones with mic and vol-control (http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB770), or do they ship the new Touch with the plain old headphones and we have to buy the mic ones ?
  24. macrumors member


    May 24, 2008
    How does the built-in speaker work?

    Does it allow you to listen to game play while playing games, but not allow you to listen to your music playlist?
  25. macrumors regular


    Nov 19, 2007
    Dallas, Texas
    Anyone know why the in ear headphones wouldn't fully work with the 3g iPhone? Seems the new iPod Touch is identical to the iPhone now. This seems very strange and a huge oversight on Apple's behalf especially since these are reproduction of the headphones developed for the iPhone. :confused:

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