It’s a headset jack, not a headphone jack on the iPhone!

I’m so disgusted with the so-called ‘tech journalists’ that keep calling the headset jack on the iPhone a ‘headphone’ jack.

The rumor mill is hot that Apple will remove the 3.5mm headset port on the upcoming iPhone 7. Many, many ‘tech journalists’ say no big deal as they love their Bluetooth headphones and that Apple will probably include a Lightning Port to Headphone port adapter for those who want to continue to use old-school headphones.

The reason it’s a ‘headset’ port and not a ‘headphone’ port is that the current port has both output AND input (and even power).

As a content creator the loss of the headset port means the loss of connecting an input device like a Rode SmartLav+ directly to the iPhone or any other mic and audio source using a TRRS adapter.

You would think that professional content creators would know the difference and care but are they really pros if they don’t know the difference?

Using BT headphones while having a mic plugged into the Lighting/Headset (L/H) adapter probably won’t work as the BT headset will override for mic control. Also most content creators turn the radios off when using an iPhone as an audio recording device as the radios can cause RF noise and frankly we don’t want phone calls coming in while recording audio.

An iPhone 4 in a BeastGrip tripod mount, audio from the board coming in on the left, external power supply coming in on the right, video streaming live on Ustream. This was at the Senate candidates debate in Hilo, Hawaii. Photo by Baron Sekiya
An iPhone 4 in a BeastGrip tripod mount, audio from the board coming in on the left, external power supply coming in on the right, video streaming live on Ustream. This was at the Senate candidates debate in Hilo, Hawaii. Photo by Baron Sekiya

Even if they put a L/H adapter in the box it means the loss of the power input. Currently if I want to shoot video with the iPhone, connected to power AND an external mic I can do it with both a Lightning-USB cable and Headset-Mic. Can’t do that if there’s only one port. Though I could see Apple offering some expensive $50 adapter that has both Lightning and Headset Ports on it.

One of my favorite films from last year was Tangerine which was filmed using iPhones. So yes, folks use iPhones for pro work.

And for folks playing Pokémon Go with earbuds and an external power adapter? Can’t do it if they remove the headset jack. You’ll be forced to buy BT headphones.

Also a big FU to Square card readers that can plug straight into the headset port. Yes you can use the L/H adapter but you can’t recharge your iPhone at the same time.

I bet when Tim Cook is on stage he won’t call it a headset jack, he will call it a headphone jack/port so that everyone can get in line like ducks to get Bluetooth (preferably Beats) headphones (but they’ll be headsets because they’ll have mics too).

For all you ‘tech journalists’ who call it a headphone port? You’re just Apple fanboys/fangirls and you’ve lost your tech cred. Apple devices have always been a favorite for content creators, this is a step backwards and receiving a kick in the nuts.

Once again Apple screws content creators as they save money to milk consumers.

UPDATE (9/7/16)

Apple indeed introduced an iPhone 7 sans headset jack. Phil Schiller was the bringer of bad news about getting rid of the jack and he indeed only referred to it as a headphone jack.

No worries folks, just purchase a $159 set of Apple wireless AirPods

Apple AirPods
Apple AirPods

UPDATE (9/8/2016)

Finally! Someone gets it! But too bad this article was a few weeks, if not months, late. Jan Kamps still calls it a ‘headphone’ jack but I’ll give him a pass as he goes the extra mile describing all the wonders of that port.

No, really, the headphone jack is more useful than you think!

UPDATE (9/14/16)

There’s a simple solution to use both power and mic input with an iPhone 7. See the photo below.



SMS Notifications when Compressor 4 is done with batch processing

Apple’s Compressor 4 is a sloth of an app converting videos and it’s a hassle to perodically check to see when it’s done with its batch processing.

This tutorial will show you how to create an Apple Automator Workflow in which your computer will send you an email or an SMS notification when the job is done.

Note that Apple does have a ‘Send Email’ action in Compressor 4 when the batch is completed BUT it will email, as an attachment, the actual processed video file. Not a good idea to use that action unless you really want to send off a processed video file via email.

What you will need is the Automator Workflow I created, or you can create your own.

Download the workflow:

Automator workflow

Setting-up the workflow

  • Launch Automator and create a new workflow or double-click the one in the zip file
  • Click on Mail in the left window
  • Drag-n-Drop the ‘New Mail Message’ action into the right window
  • Drag-n-Drop the ‘Send Outgoing Messages’ action into the right window under the first action
  • Enter your email address if you’d like to be emailed when the batch is complete. Or use an SMS Gateway to have the notification sent to your cellphone. In the example above replace the 5555555555 with your phone number including the area code if you’re on AT&T. You can also choose which email address account will send the message.
  • Click on the Options tab of each action and set each to ‘Ignore this action’s input’ so it doesn’t send the actual video file to you as an attachment.
  • Hit the ‘Run’ button in the top right of the window as a test. You should recieve an email or sms as a result. If successful congratulations, you’ve created a proper workflow.
  • Go to File>Export to save your modified workflow to the folder of your choice
Compressor 4.1.3 window


Workflow location

In Compressor

  • Click on the clip in the bottom left window to select it, make sure the setting pane is open on the right, if it isn’t click the settings toggle in the upper right of the window.
  • Scroll down to the ‘Action’ setting.
  • Click on the ‘When done’ pop-up menu and choose ‘Run Automator Workflow’
  • Click on the ‘Choose…’ button and select the Notification Workflow you just configured.
  • Start your Batch.

When Compressor is done rendering your movie it will create a new email with the Apple Mail app and send it off to the email address you configured in the workflow. If the Mail app isn’t running the workflow will launch it and send the email.

I would suggest using a small movie as a test to make sure it works.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at or leave a comment below. If you’ve really found this useful and would like to toss some coin my way you can send bitcoins to my email address.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial. I could not find the answer myself to this problem so I figured it out on my own. I’ve also sent feedback to Apple asking them to put a notifications option in Compressor and Final Cut Pro X apps when renders are done via either email or iMessages.

Note that the ‘When done’ actions are nice in that you could have Compressor render your video and automatically post it to YouTube, Vimeo, etc. I haven’t tried that myself but I assume it works. I usually transfer my files to a second computer connected to the Internet to upload large video to YouTube so I can take my main laptop away from home and not have to do the upload.

Note: This post has been copied to a page under the ‘Software’ drop-down menu here for easy reference. There’s also a bonus hint on that page.


Reality distortion field set to 11

(1/6/10) The rumor mill has been running at full-tilt that Apple will introduce the iSlate tablet computer during a January 27, 2010 event. Seems like a pretty solid rumor but the thing that gets me is that it appears that big newspapers like the New York Times are thinking this new gizmo will save the dying newspaper industry.

I’m sure the execs have been standing too close to Steve Jobs’ reality distortion field and have eaten up all he has said to them about this new ‘i’ device. And I’m sure it will be a beautiful device but really folks? I highly doubt newspaper readers will drop anything more than $200 on yet another gizmo in this bad economy.

Why would anyone spend the money if they can already read the newspaper on the computer they already own? And older folks who are used to and love the paper product are not going to buy some expensive shiny new tablet computer. And folks who already own an iPhone can currently read many news publications formatted just for their the smaller form factor.

Face it. Jobs is hoodwinking the newspaper industry to promote this device which is going to be a flop for newspaper readers. So newspaper readers won’t buy it but college students would buy it if all their textbooks are on it. Book publishers would sell books to be published on it, probably even too even if it appears to be a threat to the Kindle (I already buy and read Kindle books on my iPhone since Amazon created a Kindle app).

The newspapers will gush and glow all over the iSlate, since they think it’s going to be their savior and thus give it tons of free advertising. Jobs is playing them like a grand piano.

Update (1/26/10): Okay, it’s the day before T-Day (Tablet Day) and I still think dynamic textbooks will be the killer use. And as I said on Facebook, being able to view a cookbook and actually change the ingredient lists so they’re viewable by humans with normal vision would be great. On TWIT Leo Laporte talked about video possibly being a killer app and I’d have to agree. Having a great screen that has the same field of view as some $5,000 HDTV in your lap would be nice.

Also all this talk about Microsoft meeting with Apple to put on the iPhone OS, yeah that could happen but maybe they’re meeting for a deal to put Silverlight on the iTablet. That’s what Netflix uses instead of Adobe Flash to deliver streaming movies on the Mac so why not have it on the iTablet and even on the iPhone in lieu of Flash.

A half day away Steve Jobs will show us something fantastic, we’ll want to buy one but in reality it won’t be something brand new, but Apple will have done it with the style and simplicity that has made their products hits. Sell your Kindle, sell your HDTV prepare to upgrade to RoadRunner Business Class cable modem at home.