Now that the iPhone has USB-C ports, Apple is promoting wired EarPods with a USB-C connector that you should use with the brand new smartphones — and, fortunately, a bunch of Apple units.
Based on Apple’s page for the USB-C EarPods, they’ll work with iPhones, iPads, and Macs with USB-C ports; nevertheless, they’ll need to be on semi-recent working methods to be appropriate with the up to date headphones. Particularly:
Mac fashions with USB-C operating macOS Monterey 12.6 or later.
iPad fashions with USB-C operating iPadOS 16.4 or later.
iPhone fashions with USB-C operating iOS 17 or later.
Whereas the software program limitation is considerably annoying, I’m nonetheless very pleased to see that Apple has lastly launched a USB-C model of EarPods. Anytime I must take a name on my iPhone the place I must sound good, I plug in my Lightning EarPods as a result of they sound manner higher than my wi-fi AirPods. Simply hearken to the superb EarPods mic high quality in this video from Becca Farsace.
For a lot of calls on my Mac, nevertheless, I depend on a pair of low cost wired headphones that I plug into my MacBook Air’s 3.5mm headphone jack and have a fairly horrible mic. I’d love to make use of the Lightning EarPods, however, properly, they’ve Lightning. And sure, I may get the EarPods with a 3.5mm connector (or every other respectable 3.5mm connector-equipped headphones), however in a scenario that’s maybe solely relevant to me, the three.5mm jack on my laptop computer is extraordinarily inconvenient to get to primarily based on the place the pc sits on my desk.
That is all to say that I’ll most likely be dropping $20 on the Apple Retailer to choose up a pair of the USB-C EarPods in order that I can sound good on vital calls at work. And once I ultimately improve to an iPhone with a USB-C port, I’m wanting ahead to utilizing the headphones with that, too. If solely the EarPods nonetheless got here within the field.