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

d9pe

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Jan 27, 2008
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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?
 

Puonti

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

mattopotamus

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Jun 12, 2012
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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.
 

Ghost31

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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.
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
 

mattopotamus

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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.
ahh, you are right :p

I am struggling to find an adapter on amazon too =/
 

ikenstein

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

myscrnnm

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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.
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.
 
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viljamip

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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.
 

WiseAJ

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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 ;)
 

burgman

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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 :)
 

Rigby

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Aug 5, 2008
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ahh, you are right :p

I am struggling to find an adapter on amazon too =/
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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