Apple, vendors confirm iPod headphone-chip rumors
AppleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s third-generation iPod shuffle no longer includes the familiar control pad of previous models, instead providing a slim, three-button remote controller on the headphone cable. As we reported last week, this means the new iPod shuffle is not currently functional with any headphones but AppleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own. While a number of vendors have announced plans for aftermarket headphones with a similar controller, none are yet available.
Over the weekend, Web sites iLounge and Boing Boing Gadgets both reported that Apple will be requiring any third-party headphones that wish to include this inline remote to include a special Ã¢â‚¬Å“authentication chip.Ã¢â‚¬Â Remote-equipped headphones that do not contain this chip, including the headphones included with the iPhone and iPhone 3G, would not be able to control playback on AppleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s latest compatible devices. (AppleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s remote-equipped headphones and compatible third-party models also allow you to control the most-recent versions of the iPod touch, nano, and classic, as well as control media playback when used with AppleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s current MacBook and MacBook Pro.)
Read more: macworld.com