December 2, 2008 | Shawn McBee
The $79.99 In-Ear Headphones that Apple announced at the Let’s Rock Event back in September are finally available (two months late) at the online Apple Store, with a shipping time of “7 to 10 Business Days.” They feature dual drivers, a volume rocker/track control button on the cord, as well as a microphone. Strangely, however, they do not appear to work with the iPhone!
The compatibility segment of the store page (pictured) has a shocking lack of iPhone. A quick (half hour) call to Apple confirms that they are not compatible with the iPhone (though, that is NOT confirmation that they won’t work–only that nothing in the documentation mentions iPhone compatibility) and that the inclusion of the microphone is intended for voice memo apps that are available for the supported iPod types.
What’s the deal here, Apple? Are voice memo apps so popular that you need to integrate support for it into your hardware? Are these voice memo apps more popular than your biggest selling product, the iPhone? Most importantly, is there something in particular that keeps these headphones from working with the iPhone that could not possibly have been resolved?
My guess? I think they’ll work just fine on the iPhone, except for the volume rocker, which is the only integration feature of these headphones that isn’t on the ones that come bundled with the iPhone. There is probably just no way to control iPhone volume via the headphone jack.
If any of you happen to be planning on purchasing this for an iPod and also have an iPhone you can try them out on, let us know how it goes.