Simple iPhone headphone mod


Apparently the iPhone jack isn’t quite standard – it’s a bit recessed to the point that third parties are offering adapters for it. [John] offers this simple method for modding Etymotic’s fine ER6i headphones. (If only I could find mine. I haven’t seen them for 8 months.) I suggest using a utility knife over a pocket knife. It’s simple, easy, and will probably work on most headphones.

Comments

  1. jeff fpt says:

    article link?

  2. alex mccown says:

    i unlocked the iphone thats all the hacking i need for awhile

    for those who dont know u can Google installer.app on the iphone to install the best iphone hack that i have ever seen

  3. gm says:

    Had to do a similar thing to use an audio cable with my Palm TX (this audio cable had a big wide plug…)

  4. Blues-core says:

    Amy I the only one who seems a bit worried that he seems to be using his macbook as a cutting board? Brave man indeed

  5. lonasindi says:

    #4 I’m totally with you.

    I looked at the picture and took a second to comprehend what I was seeing. I said ‘that’s a big ol’ knife on his laptop!’

  6. dingus says:

    Seriously? Every gadget and nerd news site had similar procedures right after the iPhone launch. I was hoping to find something meatier, like how to recable those Etys with the pack-in headphone cord so you could keep the mic and pushbutton.

  7. HappyPenguin says:

    @ #4 & #5:

    His mom told him that if he cut her table, she’d kill him… He did the next best thing ;)

  8. SU-w/reb_w/root says:

    i

    ROFLMAOASC’ed…

    when i saw this “hack” :P

  9. Hoffy says:

    Has anyone looked into doing the reverse? As in, opening the iphone’s opening so it will take standard headphones? Something like opening it with a Dremel or something like that. Seems like a better solution, but you’re cutting a more expensive object.

  10. static says:

    LOL has to be very tough hold the pliers with one hand, knife in the other, and take a photo. My guess the laptop was the only clear spot on a cluttered desk to stage a photo. Note that all the other photographed items where on the laptop as well.

  11. kolwon says:

    “opening it with a dremel…..”

  12. keystoneclimber says:

    I fail to see what’s wrong with using a Mac for a cutting board. What else would you use it for???

  13. Matt says:

    iPhone + dremel = No!

    I think its as simple as that, especially for something as trivial as widening the headphone port.

    The next best thing I could think of would be remounting the jack higher up.

  14. Philip says:

    …in other news “geek hacks down Jack with knife” ?!?
    what next? “how to jack up a car with an hacked knife”?

  15. jaded says:

    #12, The pliers in the picture look a lot like needlenose vise grips, and if so would hold the connector in place for you, no extra hands required.

  16. bob says:

    this is not a hack nor a mod cuz if you just insert the headset into the socket it works fine, ive tryed it with a shure E3C headset and a sony psp headset and they both work fine.

  17. Allison says:

    May be due to their dislike.

  18. Christopher says:

    Pff, I did this months ago with my 3.5mm patch cables for my PC (because the sockets are too close together and Maplin only sell crap leads which have huge chunky moulded ends on them)… One session with a breadknife later and they’re my special edition slimline version, and they work really nicely. ;)

  19. D.J. says:

    Found this ‘hack’ while googling for an iPhone Headset Adapter. Applied the simple suggestion to my old Sony set and saved money by not having to purchase an adapter. Now wife can use the modified Sony headset while I keep the original so we can share some of the iPhone features without worrying about ear canal cross-contamination.

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