Remote and mic compatibility with Macs

I have one of the first Intel Macs and I was wondering if the remote and mic would work. For example, it'd be great to double-click the center button and have it advance to the next iTunes song.

I'd also like to use the microphone as opposed to the MacBook's built-in microphone.

Do either of the questions I posed work with the Mac? If so, do they work with all models, or only certain hardware and/or software versions?

  • Asked by Jackson H from Avon
  • Sep 21, 2010
Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic

Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic

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    Apple has an article that answers your question in great detail. It discusses the standard iPhone 3GS/4 headset, but the in-ear model is functionally identical, so still applies:

    h t t p / / : support - dot - apple - dot - com/kb/HT3554

    You'll have to refashion the URL yourself, as apple doesn't allow posting of links (damn spammers!)

    Anyway, the article explains which models can use the headset, and how to set it up. If, when you say "first intel mac" you mean 2006, then I don't like your chances. But no harm in finding out, just get hold of a standard iPhone headset, and check out the article.

    BTW, for the money, these are the best headphones you will ever hear. If you're into soldering, I've seen some articles explaining how to use them with standard phone/mic sockets (probably still no button control though). Of course, you could just buy an Apple remote, because even with the extra money spent, these headphones are still WAY cheaper than comparable Sennheisers, etc.

    In case you can't see the link somehow, here's a quote from the article:

    Q - Which Apple computers work with the microphone and volume controls that are included with the Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic?

    A - Any computer that displays "External microphone" in the System Profiler will work with the Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic. To confirm that External microphone is in your System Profiler, choose About This Mac from the Apple () menu and then click More Info. Select Audio (Built In) under the Hardware section.

    Q - Is there a way to tell that my system detects my earphones?

    A - Yes. From the Apple () menu, choose System Preferences. From the View menu, choose Sound. While your earphones are connected, click the Output tab; Headphones should be listed as the output device. Click the Input tab to confirm External microphone is selected as the input device

    • Answered by Ben T from Murwillumbah
    • Nov 7, 2010