Issue when plugging into headphone port - Doesn't recognize until 4 seconds later

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by DieterRams, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. DieterRams macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2010
    I have a brand new 2011 MBA 13" and when I plug in an audio cable into the headphone port, it's like it doesn't recognize it until about 4 seconds later. I'll plug in the audio cable into the computer and the sound keeps playing from the MBA internal speakers until about 4 seconds later when the sound starts playing from the external speakers. I've tried plugging in earbuds that I use with my iPhone - same thing. Anyone else have this with their MBA or does the sound start playing immediately? I tried searching the forum for related issues but don't think I found anything directly related. If anyone knows of a prior post, please do include it. Thank you
  2. YOKOJP macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2008
    Same as my MBA 13' i5 256gb.
  3. elliotn macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2011
    And my MBA 13' i5 128gb. (I assume a fix is on Apple's expanding to-do list.)
  4. stark4 macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2008
    i just tested my 2011 MBA 13" and yeah there is a 4 sec delay.. btw i have to use a little bit of force to plug it in... do you guys notice that also? ... maybe the the port is smaller?
  5. Fernandez21 macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2010
    Same with mine.

    cool, so I see you went with the 13", how are you liking it so far compared to the 11"?
  6. YOKOJP, Oct 3, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2011

    YOKOJP macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2008
    I had the 11" 2010 and give it to my nephew for college. i bought myself the 13" i5 with 256GB. I love the machine but I missed the 11" , so i decided to give the 13" to my wife and get myself the 11" i7.

    Please don't get me wrong I love the 13", it just that i missed the form factor of the 11".
  7. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
    It's even a bit more when you are connected through a Thunderbolt Display. But it's not really bothering me.
  8. DieterRams thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2010
    Hey Fernandez, yes, I went with 13". It's definitely roomier to work with in terms of the size of the palm rest and trackpad. It's significantly more comfortable in that respect. Otherwise, I almost find the screen to be too tall after being with the 11" for those two weeks! And the size of it is more "standard" laptop than anything as unique as the 11" but the comfort factor doesn't make me miss it as much overall.

    In any case, it seems this audio input issue is par the course. Just thought it was a strange thing but I guess I'll just live with it. Actually, I could perhaps go to the Apple Store to test the ones they have to make sure. But I think everyone here has pretty much confirmed it.
  9. Poindexter333 macrumors member


    Jul 6, 2010
    NYC metropolitan area
    I've had the identical experience with the delay.

    Forming a decent bunch of observations.

    Not really bothering me either. There are certainly other little issues that the engineers could spend their time on.
  10. DieterRams thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2010
    Yea, it's by no means a crippling defect but interesting that it happens in the first place I guess. Don't remember it being the case on any other Macbook I've used. Also interesting that everyone who has responded is using a 13". Anyone care to comment if it happens on your 11"? And other 13" owners as well of course
  11. imswimmin macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2011
    Yup, same on my 13" as well. It hasn't really bothered me though.
  12. hwojtek macrumors 65816


    Jan 26, 2008
    Poznan, Poland
    I've observed the same behavior on most of my (recent) Macs. Doesn't really bother me.
  13. jamesr19 macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2009
    I think it's just standard feature/delay really as it was the same on my MBP 2009. OS X detects what headphones you've plugged in (i.e. plug iPod 2ring headphones in, set a volume then plug iPhone 3ring headphones in and set the volume - it remembers two different volume settings (3 inc speakers)!)
  14. bearsalley34 macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2011
    personally, i don't really think 4 seconds is a big deal.
  15. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
  16. kp416, Oct 8, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2011

    kp416 macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2011
    Still not sure how a 4 second delay is part of a feature. I don't see this as a feature.
  17. Ivan P macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    Jan 17, 2008
    It's not Lion. This happens on both MacBook Pros I've owned (one that came installed with Leopard and was upgraded to Snow Leopard; another on Snow Leopard that has upgraded to Lion), and occurs on my 2010 MBA running Snow Leopard.
  18. WillMak macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2005
    happens on my air also but I actually welcome it. The delay prevents my external speakers from crackling if I plug them in while powered on.

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