How to use the EarPods with Lightning Connector on the new Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by d9pe, Oct 31, 2016.

  1. d9pe macrumors member

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    Hey there, is there a simple way about connecting the new EarPods with Lightning Connector to the new MacBook Pro? or did they just forget about this?
     
  2. Puonti macrumors 6502a

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    Right now there is no way that I'm aware of to use lightning headphones with any computer.
     
  3. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    use the adapter than came with your iPhone for lightning to 3.5mm. The MacBook still has a 3.5mm jack.
     
  4. ikenstein macrumors member

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    Isn't that adapter the other way around? It's 3.5 mm to lightning adapter, so you use it to plug 3.5 mm headphones into a lightning port, not lightning headphones into a 3.5mm port.
     
  5. Ghost31 macrumors 68000

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    The adapter that came with the iPhone didn't GIVE you a 3.5 mm prong thingy. It gave you a place to put your existing thingy
     
  6. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    ahh, you are right :p

    I am struggling to find an adapter on amazon too =/
     
  7. ikenstein macrumors member

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    lol. my biggest question is why anyone would want to plug apple earpods into anything? They're not good, and any other brand of inexpensive ear buds or earphones with a 35mm plug would sound significantly better.
     
  8. haydn! macrumors 6502a

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    Should have got a Mac. They "just work"

    ...oh. Wait.
     
  9. ikenstein macrumors member

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    Like, for the cost of an adapter, you could get better ear buds. Seems like a no-brainer.
     
  10. myscrnnm macrumors 65816

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    I think that was Apple's logic. The only time I ever use the EarPods that came with my iPhone are in an emergency when I'm outside. If I want to use headphones while sitting at my computer, I'll plug in a decent pair.
     
  11. viljamip macrumors regular

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    There is nothing professional in those headphones they give you with every iPhone. It would have been absolutely ridiculous had they replaced the 3.5mm jack with Lightning in the new MacBook PROs.
     
  12. Floris, Oct 31, 2016
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    Trust me, you're not the only one. Apple Specialists make the same mistake:
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  13. WeemanWise macrumors 6502

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    You don't. You are supposed to upgrade to the AirPods, which were supposed to be out by now and before this issue came out ;)
     
  14. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

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    And you are supposed to buy two pairs - so that one can charge while you use the other one....
     
  15. burgman macrumors 65816

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    I have a drawer full of old Apple stuff including old iPhone EarPods. I use those for times I don't want to use my Bose Bluetooth headphones. This can't be a thing... oh wait it's Macrumors :)
     
  16. Rigby macrumors 601

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    You will not find a passive adapter to plug Lightning headphones into a 3.5mm output. Since the headphones contain active electronics (a DAC and amp), they need a power supply which the 3.5mm jack cannot provide. Such an adapter would need its own power supply.

    Also, such an adapter would be somewhat weird: It'd have to digitize the analog output from the jack, only so the DAC in the Lightning headphones (which only accept digital audio) can convert it back into analog so you can hear it. That's obviously less than optimal. ;)
     

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