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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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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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