People are losing their ever-loving minds over the possibility that Apple may get rid of the headphone jack on the next iPhone. I’ve talked about the Antec Smartbean before but I decided to make a video for Megan Morrone and Leo Laporte to play on iOS Today. I thought it might be a good device for people who don’t want to buy all new headphones.
I did about 8 takes before finally nailing the video…but Ada decided to help. Being the consummate professional, I kept that part in.
Steve and I are about to become grandparents, so there’s likely to be some disruption to the show schedule in the next few weeks. I guest hosted the SMR Podcast last week with Terrance Gaines at smrpodcast.com/…. My video tutorial on Affinity Photo is up at ScreenCasts Online. I made a tutorial on how to upgrade the firmware on your Apple routers, in Dumb Question Corner we all about how to secure older hardware, Denise gives us a listener review of the Oktobud SM01-X7 Waterproof Bluetooth Earbuds, and I’ll tell you about Tunity to hear broadcast TV on your phone.
Guest Review by Denise, aka Deverelle in the NosillaCast chatroom and on Twitter.
Hi, this is Denise with a Castaway review of the Oktobud SM01-X7 waterproof Bluetooth earbuds. They are available on Amazon for $49.95 $59.95 US. The key feature is they are waterproof and rated to IPX7 so I couldn’t wait to try them for my evening swim. IPX7 is defined as “Protected against water immersion. Immersion for 30 minutes at a depth of up to 1 meter.”
First some back story. I have been trying for years to come up with the best audio experience for swimming. I first had an iPod Shuffle in a bulky silicone case with wired waterproof earbuds that sounded terrible.
A few years later, I upgrade to a Waterfi Shuffle; this is a standard iPod Shuffle, but it’s coated to be waterproof. It’s great, but I still had to manage a headphone cord and had to remember to update my playlists.
Allison interviews Sabrina Krim from Urbanears about their new colorful sports headphones. Sabrina shows Allison their Hellas model that are over-ear headphones with Bluetooth connectivity to your mobile device. Hellas headphones have a detachable headband and detachable ear cups to make them easy to wash for the active wearer. The setting is the CES Unveiled show floor in the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Smartbean is a 1.25 x 1.25 x 0.5 inch device with a built-in clip that turns wired headphones and speakers into Bluetooth devices. It’s pretty close to the size of the old square iPod Nano, a little smaller but thicker.
I asked Dave Hamilton to come on the show to help us understand the impact of Apple removing the analog headphone jack. I didn’t want to do a big hand wringing about how annoying it might be to replace all of our headphones, rather I asked Dave to come on the show to explain in geeky detail what it means to have analog vs. digital headphones. We start at the beginning talking about how sound is produced in a computer and work our way through sample rates, bit rates and into some of the mechanics of a digital to analog converter (DAC). We also talked about the impact on audio when you use Bluetooth headphones.
Dave and I mentioned a couple of things in our conversation: