iPad doesn't come with headphones

Discussion in 'iPad' started by CAWjr, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. CAWjr macrumors 6502


    Jan 19, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    I was curious what everyone thought about the iPad not coming with headphones. I know it's not meant to be a portable device like the iPod or iPhone, but I figured they would toss a set of headphones in there anyway. I know I am probably over-thinking it & I should look at it more as a laptop device than a portable device (and I don't think laptops come with headphones either), but I was genuinely a little surprised when I saw they weren't included.

    And to beat the flamers to the punch:

    "Cool story bro!"
    "You're a dumbass!"
    "Why is this even a thread?"
    "Why would they include headphones?"
    "It's not like you are going jogging with the thing!"
  2. kvizzel macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2011
  3. HA5TY macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2007
    I think Apple expects us to already have headphones from a iPhone or iPod

    I still think they should've given us some tho!
  4. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    I was a little surprised, too, last year with the original iPad...

    Seems to me like it wouldn't have killed them to have thrown a pair in there, but what are ya' gonna do? :)
  5. msb3079 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2010
    collingswood. nj
    No one should be using those horrible headphones, anyway.

    Enjoy your music... geez.
  6. goMac macrumors 604

    Apr 15, 2004
  7. Pballer110 macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2010
    They figure it has a decent speaker so you can just use that.
  8. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    Just bought a sandwich for lunch. DIDN'T COME WITH HEADPHONES!!!!
  9. KittyKatta macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2011
    I like how you Preempted all the standard Apple defenses. It's just so typical for people to slam the consumer when we simply are curious on why Apple didn't do something. It's not like we're asking for a BOSE headset. Just the cheapie ones because they cost nothing and the old ones we're using are all gray and nasty.

    But unfortunately Apple's minimalistic approach has become a money making scheme. They no longer include the remote with Macs despite them being fantastic MediaCenter devices with Front Row. And with such a low powered internal iPad/Touch speaker then the standard headphones would be all you need for doing a garage band scratch track on the bus or doing an iMovie edit in the park. So it's a shame they aren't included, but if you really want it you can buy one for... $30???
  10. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I'm actually glad they didn't include headphones, I've got tons of unused headphones piling up in the closet from various iPods. They are just as bad as computer mice, which I also don't use because I prefer trackballs, but you can't use the joke that "See, they multiply like mice!"
  11. jb007clone macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2006
    Because being an iPod is just one function of the iPad and my guess is Apple thought that including them would make people think the iPad was just an iPod touch with some added functions, instead of a tablet computer that also happens to have iPod functionality.
  12. baummer macrumors 6502a

    Jan 18, 2005
    Southern California
    Well it comes with speakers, so I'm not sure there is a need for the device to come with headphones.
  13. goMac macrumors 604

    Apr 15, 2004
    I'm still confused. Is every Apple product supposed to come with headphones?
  14. caubeck macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2007
    Maybe they like to think headphones+case/cover= up to $100 more spent on pretty basic accessories per unit sold. Add a dock and some kind of cable and it equals the price of an iPod nano.
  15. vrDrew macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    Midlife, Midwest
    Probably the same reason it doesn't come with a printed manual, a CD-ROM setup disc, a vinyl carrying case, and a cleaning cloth:

    Those sort of items add to the Bill-Of-Materials cost, and ultimately drive up the retail price. And yet most people can use their iPads perfectly well without them.

    Apple is as good as any company in tech at figuring out how to take cost out of devices. They were the first to ditch the floppy drive in PCs. And many, many people ripped them for their decision not to include cameras in the first gen iPad.
  16. Fliesen, Mar 21, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2011

    Fliesen macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2010
    Everyone has or SHOULD have better earphones than the standard Apple ones.

    besides, "standard Apple defenses"'
    let's see, how a non-Apple company handles this.


  17. FutureStan macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2011
    The answer is actually very simple, because earphones usually defines MP3-Players / Phones. and putting earphones with iPad would risk defining the iPad as one of the two...

    Now Scratch All That And Read: Because its cheaper.
  18. 1969cj5 macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2008
    No stickers either. I like the headphones when the charge dies on my motorolas
  19. Ibrahimtamerm macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2016

    Does anything Apple come with decent speakers? Even the MacBook Pro is an insult to Les Claypool.
  20. Brookzy macrumors 601


    May 30, 2010
    This thread is five years old...

    (And the iPad Pros have very good speakers IMO).
  21. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2011
    Apple hasn't shipped an iPad or iPhone with headphones since the iPhone 5S and Air
  22. Brookzy macrumors 601


    May 30, 2010
    Every iPhone has come with earphones in the box. No iPad ever has.
  23. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    It's not just iPads/iPhones that this applies to. As far as I know, pretty much all smartphones come with earbuds and pretty much no tablets do. I guess manufacturers figure that phones are more likely to be used as personal music players, and also, must people who buy tablets probably already have earbuds for their phones. If another set of earbuds had come with my iPad, they would still be sitting in the box untouched right now.
  24. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    "Cool story bro!"
    "You're a dumbass!"
    "Why is this even a thread?"
    "Why would they include headphones?"
    "It's not like you are going jogging with the thing!"

  25. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    Oh my god, I remember reading this thread the first time.

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