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I'm surprised that the Macbook Pro Retina has only one 3.5mm audio jack. It seems that port can be either headphone or mic in depending on what's connected but I need BOTH at the same time for Skype! My Skype headset has 2x 3.5mm jacks - one for output (headphones) and one for input (Mic).

How is Apple expecting us to use Skype on the MPBr? I've tried:

  • in-built speakers + in-build mic: The loudspeaker throws feedback into the built-in mic => unusable
  • headphones + in-built mic: Keyboard clicks and other ambient noises are picked up => unusable
  • microphone + speakers: Works but I can't use this unless I close my office door (i.e. only person in the room). I can't use this in coffee shops, campus areas, shared office environments etc
  • Bluetooth headset: Its a pain to make sure the headset is fully charged before the call and that it doesn't kill my WiFi (which it sometimes does).

How can I get a real wired headphone and mic to work with the MBPr? This thing is killing my conference calls ...

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I use a USB headset with mic. – Jason Oct 11 '12 at 22:31
Hi I have the same problem only it is for the conference room in work so I need to have a mic and a speaker attached so that multiple listeners can hear. this rules out a headsets - please help! – user52543 Jul 3 '13 at 6:31
@Treasa: Try Jason's comment above or search for "3.5mm male TRRS splitter" ( Example of product:… – DeepSpace101 Jul 3 '13 at 16:29
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You will need the same type of headset that you use with an iPhone. It will have one 3.5mm plug that carries both the stereo audio and mic input (aka a TRRS plug). Some examples are apple's own EarPods, Sennheiser's PX 200-II i's, and any other iPhone headset.

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Confirmed that this works when I use my iPhone5's earpods on the MBPr... – DeepSpace101 Oct 11 '12 at 23:29
Using this with a Retinabook:… – Stuart Branham May 5 '14 at 16:41

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