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Apple (Almost) Made My Bose Headphones Obsolete

by joeheg

One of the best things I’ve ever purchased to make my travel more comfortable, besides signing up for Global Entry, is my Bose Quiet Comfort 25 Noise Cancelling headphones.

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Thanks to stacking some offers on Amazon Prime Day, I was able to pick them up for an out of pocket cost of $73.69 

Over the past year, I’ve been able to sleep through flights full of crying children and/or coughing adults, thanks to these technological wonders. That is, until I wasn’t.

While we’re tech-savvy, we don’t feel the need to upgrade when new versions of items we have are introduced, except for iPhones.

While I was happy to stay with my old Motorola RAZR when the original iPhone was introduced, Sharon wanted to try the newest smartphone on the market. Therefore, I’ve always been one step behind on the upgrade chain. We’ve worked this out by having Sharon get the newest phone available from Apple and I get the hand-me-down after a year.


When it was finally time for Sharon to get an iPhone XS, I was handed a one-year-old iPhone X. Quick to wipe it and load all of my apps, music and videos, I boarded our first trip with my new (slightly used) phone.

I unpacked my Bose headphones and realized what I’m sure many of you already know, the iPhone X lacks a headphone jack.

Golden iPhone 7 Plus(on top) and pink 6 Plus(bottom) the headphones jack missing on the new 7 Plus

While I knew my iPhone X was missing a headphone jack, since I needed to bring a set of headphones with a lightning connector to the gym with me for the last month, it never dawned on me to change my packing list.

So when I got onto the plane and went to plug in my expensive noise-canceling Bose headphones, I realized my error. I couldn’t use them. I did have the set of Apple headphones I brought with me for when I went to the hotel gym (which I never did) (Note from Sharon: Anyone surprised? Anyone? Beuller?), but they were no match for the child three rows behind me who talked for the entire flight about everything he was going to do when they got to Disney World.

I get it, you’re excited but the whole plane doesn’t care and why aren’t your parents telling you to use your “inside voice?”

As soon as I arrived home, I checked Google for QC25 iPhone connector and found out that neither Apple nor Bose makes a connector for the two devices. Fortunately, there are some third party companies that do.

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I found a product from Geekria that seemed to exactly fit the bill.

Geekria QuickFit Digital to Audio Cable Replacement for Bose QC35, Series I, II, QC25, AKG Y500, Y50, Headphones 2.5mm Male AUX Stereo Cord Works with iPhone 6, 7, 8, X, XS, XR (5.6FT Black)

This cable plugged directly into my Bose headphones and into my iPhone, allowing me to use my noise canceling headphones with my new-ish phone. There are some reports on Amazon of only getting sound in one ear which also happened to me but by gently jiggling the plug in the headphone, I was able to resolve this problem. The only downside is that I can no longer pause the music with a button on the cable like I could before, as I now need to pause the music on the phone. That’s a small inconvenience opposed to buying a new $350 set of wireless headphones.

So for now, I’m happy with the $25 cable I purchased from Amazon.com, which will allow me to use my Bose headphones for many flights to come.

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ed March 12, 2019 - 6:13 pm

You actually just needed this adapter, and it lets you use the buttons on the original bose cable. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LXJFMGF/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_56cICbGQE5WDJ

joeheg March 12, 2019 - 7:11 pm

True, but that’s $8 for a small little adapter that I’m sure I’d eventually lose (or if it’s like other Apple cables will break off at the end). I’d prefer just to have a wire.

DaninMCI March 12, 2019 - 7:23 pm

The dongles don’t last but they last about as long as cords and are cheaper. You have to be careful to by the Iphone X or better versions and usually you can get two good quality ones for less than $10. You’d think Bose would want to make some good quality cords just so they can sell you one for $40, etc.

joeheg March 12, 2019 - 10:30 pm

I’m always amazed when I have to buy third party tech to meet a need that should be met by the original manufacturers.

DT March 12, 2019 - 8:15 pm

Another option is AirMod Wireless Bluetooth Adapter for about $55. One could get it cheaper during eBay promotions.

joeheg March 12, 2019 - 10:46 pm

I didn’t even think about going that route. Something still feels wrong about having a bluetooth connection centered around my head.

tom March 12, 2019 - 10:43 pm

this is the worst type of click back

Busy March 13, 2019 - 8:14 am

This is why I almost abhor Apple. They are too locked down and force you to buy extra things for the basics. No headphone jack, no adoption of standards like USB for charging and connectivity, no inherent ability to sideload programs, no SD cards, different power for wireless fast charging.


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