Compatibility of Apple wired headset models with iPhone, iPad, and iPod models

The features of Apple wired headsets can vary between iPhone, iPad, and iPod models. Most headsets can play back audio, but some headsets have features, such as a mic or buttons to control iPod functions, that work only on newer models.

Use these tables to check the compatibility of Apple wired headset models with iPhone, iPad, and iPod models. If you have a third-party headset, check with the vendor for compatibility information.

iPhone

  Audio Playback controls Volume controls Microphone Audio Playback controls Volume controls Microphone
iPhone 3GS and later
iPhone 3G and Original iPhone - -
*Apple Earpods with Remote and Mic are included in the box with iPhone 5.

 

  Audio Playback controls Volume controls Microphone Audio Playback controls Volume controls Microphone
iPhone 3GS and later
iPhone 3G and Original iPhone - -
*Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic are included in the box with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, and iPod touch (3rd generation).

 

  Audio Audio Playback controls Microphone
All iPhone models 3

Notes

  1. Apple iPod Earphones are included in the box with all iPod models.
  2. Apple iPhone Stereo Headset is included in the box with iPhone and iPhone 3G.
  3. Some earlier iPod earphones might not connect properly to the original iPhone because the plug body is too large to fit in the jack inset. Third-party adapters might be available.

 

iPad

  Audio Playback controls Volume controls Microphone Audio Playback controls Volume controls Microphone
All iPad and iPad Mini models
*Apple Earpods with Remote and Mic are included in the box with iPhone 5.

 

  Audio Playback controls Volume controls Microphone Audio Playback controls Volume controls Microphone
All iPad and iPad Mini models
*Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic are included in the box with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, and iPod touch (3rd generation).

 

  Audio Audio Playback controls Microphone
All iPad and iPad Mini models

Notes

  1. Apple iPod Earphones are included in the box with all iPod models.
  2. Apple iPhone Stereo Headset is included in the box with iPhone and iPhone 3G.

 

iPod

  Audio Playback controls Volume controls Microphone

iPod touch (2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th generations)2

iPod touch (1st generation) - - -
iPod nano (4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th generations)3
iPod nano (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generations) - - -
iPod shuffle (4th generation)
iPod shuffle (3rd generation)4 - - - -
iPod shuffle (2nd generation) - - -
iPod shuffle (1st generation) - - - -
iPod classic 160GB (Late 2009)
and iPod classic (120 GB)
All previous iPod models - - -

Notes

  1. Apple Earpods with Remote and Mic are included in the box with iPhone 5.
  2. iPod touch (2nd generation) software version 2.2 or later is required to use remote and mic features.
  3. iPod nano (4th generation) software version 1.0.3 or later is required to use remote and mic features.
  4. This headset isn't compatible with the iPod shuffle (3rd generation) because the playback and volume controls aren't supported.

 

  Audio Playback controls Volume controls Microphone
iPod touch (2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations)1
iPod touch (1st generation) - - -
iPod nano (4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th generations)2
iPod nano (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generations) - - -
iPod shuffle (4th generation)
iPod shuffle (3rd generation)3 - - - -
iPod shuffle (2nd generation) - - -
iPod shuffle (1st generation) - - - -
iPod Classic 160GB (Late 2009)
and iPod Classic (120 GB)
All previous iPod models - - -

Notes

  1. iPod touch (2nd generation) software version 2.2 or later is required to use remote and mic features.
  2. iPod nano (4th generation) software version 1.0.3 or later is required to use remote and mic features.
  3. This headset isn't compatible with the iPod shuffle (3rd generation) because the playback and volume controls aren't supported.

 

  Audio Playback controls Volume controls Microphone Playback controls Volume controls Microphone
iPod touch (2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations)2
iPod nano (4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th generations)3
iPod shuffle (3rd and 4th generations) - -
iPod classic 160GB (Late 2009)
and iPod classic (120 GB)4
All previous iPod models - - - - - -
iPod shuffle (1st generation) - - - - - - -

Notes

  1. Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic are included in the box with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, and iPod touch (3rd generation).
  2. iPod touch (2nd generation) software version 2.2 or later is required to use remote and mic features.
  3. iPod nano (4th generation) software version 1.0.3 or later is required to use remote and mic features.
  4. iPod classic (120 GB) software version 2.0.1 or later is required to use remote and mic features.

 

  Audio Audio Playback controls Microphone
iPod touch (2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations)
iPod nano (4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th generations)
iPod shuffle (3rd and 4th generations) - -
iPod classic 160GB (Late 2009)
and iPod classic (120 GB)
All previous iPod models - -
iPod shuffle (1st generation) - - -

Notes

  1. Apple iPod Earphones are included in the box with all iPod models.
  2. Apple iPhone Stereo Headset is included in the box with iPhone and iPhone 3G.

 

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