iPhone5 earphones not downwards compatible

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  1. aicul macrumors 6502a

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    Hello

    I don't know if this has been raised in another thread (search revealed zilch) but my iPhone5 earphones will not work on my iPhone3.

    For the record my iPhone3 is my backup phone.

    As I have no other earphones, I have no idea if the problem is withthe iPhone3 or the copatiility of iPhone5 earphones with iPhone3.

    The iPhone5 earphones obviously work with my iPhone5.

    Can someone confirm that the earphones are (are not) compatbile with iPhone3?

    Thanks
     
  2. mKTank macrumors 68000

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    It is compatible with iPhone 3G. The problem is with your phone,
     
  3. stonyboys macrumors 6502

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    I definitely have never heard of headphones with 3.5mm plugs that arent compatible with all 3.5mm jacks. The controller for volume and calls maybe, but the sound output part, nope.
     
  4. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    Ditto.
     
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  6. teamjaycub macrumors 6502

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    Never heard of this "iPhone 3"... hmm..

    Are you referring to the third iPhone? So, iPhone 3GS?
    Or, the second iPhone? iPhone 3G?
     
  7. Blakjack macrumors 68000

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  8. Ubele macrumors 6502a

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    A coworker of mine got an iPhone 5 and said that the jack on her iPhone 4 earbuds is too small for the iPhone 5 input and therefore slides out. Same with a pair of third-party headphones she has. I told her there must be something wrong with her iPhone 5, and to take it back, but she says it doesn't bother her because the new earbuds fit just fine. Strange...
     
  9. Minhimalism macrumors 65816

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    They fit perfect on my iPhone 5, but did NOT work well in my iPhone 4, my sister's iPhone 4, or her nano. They were distorted if you just moved the cord on the latter 3. Very, very weird. :(
     
  10. minoll macrumors newbie

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    I made the same experience

    I bought the new earphones for iPhone5, with it they work just fine.

    With my iPhone4G and my iPhone3G when I make calls I can hear the other party, but they cannot hear me at all.

    The set of earphones is brandnew and I plug it in in the right way.
     
  11. rusty2192 macrumors 6502a

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    My suggestion: take a toothpick and carefully clean all of the pocket link out of the headphone plug on your "iPhone3" :confused:
     
  12. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Do you mean backwards compatible? The volume change may not work, however the rest of the functionality should.
     

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