The 3.5mm headphone jack might go away one day, but there's plenty of power there today!
While rumors persist the iPhone 7 will go 3.5mm headphone jack-free, Apple's done a lot to make the very old port as useful as possible for all of their devices. The EarPods that come with your iPhone or iPod touch can be used to control a wide range of features, including music, calls, and even Siri. So can any other set of headphones, from Beats to Bose, and on iPad as well—as long as they integrate the remote and mic hardware. The remote controls are great for accessibility, but they're also great for convenience. What's more, they also work with the Mac!
If you're not familiar with all the options, here's a complete list!
Single click the headset button to play audio — music, podcasts, or audio books — or to pause audio that's already playing.
6. Answer or hang up
Single click the headset button to answer and incoming call or hang up an ongoing call.
8. Reject a call
Single click and hold down the headset button to send an incoming call to voice mail. (Two low beeps will confirm the rejection.)
9. Hang up on current call
Double click and hold down the headset button to hang up on the current of multiple calls. (Two low beeps will confirm the hang up.)
11. Talk to Siri
Single click the headset button to ask Siri additional questions or issue additional commands after it's activated.
12. Take a picture
Single click the volume up button while the Camera app is open to take a picture. Works great for selfies!
13. Your favorite?
I'm pretty sure the remote controls used to work with Voice Recorder, but they're not working for us right now. If you've got any favorite remote controls, or if we missed any, please let me know!