Apple's New Headset Controls Rewind Tracks... Control Moon Rockets?

Yes, that title is a totally sarcastic way to say the new controls on Apple's new iPod shuffle 4G reach NASA-like complexity levels. (Insert ancient telegraph sounds here).

So complicated are they, in fact, Apple has a knowledge-base article up about it along with a chart that while it resembled the periodic table of elements, is no where near as simple. Granted, most of that complexity doesn't apply to the iPhone controls... yet, but we're assuming its on its way.

Anyone who still says Apple hates buttons ain't got nothing on these tiny little trouble-makers... How long until you can dial with them using some horrendous mutation of T9?

[via Engadget]

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Apple's New Headset Controls Rewind Tracks... Control Moon Rockets?


I saw the blog on Engadget just now. They totally dissed the new Shuffle. I'm on the same ship as they are ! when I had my shuffle, I love it because it was simple and to the point. I actually used third party headphones with them. Even though I my iPhone ear buds haven't broken ( I assume the build has been made with better quality now a days ) I would still like the option to use third-party head phones. Apple knows what they are doing now. They could probably be up to some subliminal set up. Get people addicted to learning how to use apple products so that they can have some kind of mind control =}

Actually I like the new control way and I don't think it'll take a lot of time to learn the new controls. Third party headphones... hmm... I guess we'll just have to stick to the Apple headphones and the very few manufacturers that will try to create some compatible products.
On the other hand, I don't understand why manufacturers still haven't agreed on a common standard of headphone control interface. It seems quite clear to me that headphone control is the way to go, nobody want's to constantly get the player out of the pocket to pause the music while speaking to someone and simply taking out the headphones doesn't help while listening to a podcast or an audio book.