iphone headphones mic input to mac

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  1. TShirtJohn macrumors member

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    I got told today that i can use a set of apple headphones for a mic on my mac pro

    Anyone got any ideas how this works? I can't seem to get it to work at all :confused:
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Where did you hear this? Have you followed the instructions where you read this?
     
  3. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    I know you can use them with the newer MacBooks/MacBook Pros, iMacs, and MacBook Airs... But I didn't know about the Mac Pro...
     
  4. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    Just plug them into the front port.
     
  5. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    you need a usb mic or a externally powered mic.
     
  6. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    What for?

    iPhone headset into the front port of the Pro and you're good to go! Work's perfectly fine.
     
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  8. goMac macrumors 603

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    This does not work on the desktop Macs. Only the laptop Macs.

    (My 2008 and 2009 Mac Pros, and my 2010 Mac Mini do not work with this setup. Only my 2009 Macbook Pro.)
     
  9. Stephen23 macrumors member

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    It should work on any Mac... its not a special input, just taking advantage of the fact that a speaker is the same thing as a microphone, just going the opposite direction. You'll have to boost the level quite a bit, most likely, and I wouldn't expect much from the sound quality, but there's no reason you can't do it.
     
  10. goMac macrumors 603

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    It is actually a very special input. Take a look at a headset vs. a regular microphone. The headsets have three notches, headphones have two. (The three on the headset are input, left output, right output, while a normal headphone just has left and right output.)

    It's most definitely a special connection.
     
  11. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    Are you using a 2010 Mac Pro, or an earlier model? Really want to find out if this works on the 2009s...
     
  12. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    2009.
     
  13. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    Get in - I have a set of B&W P5s coming tomorrow with a mic/controls built in, and really want to use them as a headset. Hopefully it'll work in Windows too.
     
  14. Ryan P macrumors regular

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    Far as I could tell, this did not work on my 2010 Mac Pro. It does work on my 2010 Macbook Pro.
     
  15. goMac macrumors 603

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    It does not work with the 2009's, I've tried before.
     
  16. Zak.V macrumors member

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    I have a 2010 and it works perfectly.

    Just select it as an input device in the sound preference menu. Plugs in the headphone jack on the front.

    I use it for teamspeak/skype.


    The thing i cant seem to do is get it working under bootcamp.
     
  17. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    I figured this out when I was like 4 when I plugged a mic into a headphone jack on my RECORD player and sound came out the microphone. :D
     
  18. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    Odd. Do the P5s have a different connector?
     
  19. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    This is a confusing thread. Is someone saying you can plug an iPhone headset into the front headphones port of a Mac Pro and use it as a mic only, or as a headset (mic & speakers)?

    You know, I'll just try it for myself when I get home.
     
  20. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    You do that.

    And yes, it works like a normal headset, just as you'd expect it. However, I can only speak for the 2009 model. Highly likely that it works with the 2010 model as well, though.
     
  21. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    Okay, here are the facts.

    My 2009 Mac Pro, booted in to OS X 10.6.6, will accept the microphone input from both the Apple iPhone headsets and also the B&W P5. It appears in Inputs as "External Microphone", which is not Line In, Digital In or USB Audio from my ACD.

    The bottom line seems to be that the iPhone headset, or third party, can be used on a Mac Pro (2009 & 2010 models) as a fully functioning headset + iTunes controls.

    So goMac, I don't know what is wrong with your Mac Pro, but it works.
     
  22. goMac macrumors 603

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    Hrm, weird, don't have the 09 anymore but I almost feel compelled to try this on my 08 again.

    Just checked my Mini and it certainly doesn't work here. No option in input devices.
     
  23. tjb1 macrumors 68000

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    Normal Headphones have 3 notches, mic input requires the 4th input...

    [​IMG]
     
  24. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    I think it doesn't work on the 08, as it has only been a hidden feature on more recent hardware. Probably the same for your Mini, depending how old it is?

    Okay, definitely doesn't work on 08 Mac Pros, just tried it on my other.
     
  25. dyn macrumors 68030

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    I remember it working on my early 2009 Mac mini but I'm not sure about that. I have tested it with my mid 2010 MacBook Pro and 2010 Mac Pro. They all work with the iPhone headset: I can play/pause music, change the volume, skip to the next/previous song and use the mic (OS X even uses the mic as its default input device without me needing to do anything). So yes, it does work with every Mac that supports the iPhone headset (currently that would be all of the Macs; maybe not the Xserve :p). The TS simply needs to plug the headset in and start talking :)
     

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