All iPads Cheap external microphone for Skype ?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by paulCC, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. paulCC macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2012
    Hello - my attempts to fix a clogged up microphone on an iPad 2 ended with the microphone totally dead :-(

    So I am now looking for an external cheap microphone, so that my mom can use her iPad for Skype.

    Few questions to someone who might have done this:
    - when I plug in an microphone into the 3.5mm jack, will the internal speakers work ? ( this is desirable, mom would not want to use a full headset )
    - how does the iPad know if the plugged-in device has a mic-only, vs. a full headset ? Does it detect the "load/resistance" of the headphone drivers ?
    - will a cheap dynamic mic work ?

    Thanks for any info/pointers. Paul C.
  2. HengenJL macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    If you plug in a mic to the 3.5mm jack the internal speakers will not work, the iPad makes the assumption that a full headset has been plugged into the iPad. At least this is what I discovered previously in iOS 6.

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