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.
Over the years, 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 have been 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, every iPhone after the iPhone X lacks a headphone jack.
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, 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?”
At the time, I found a cable to connect my iPhone to my headphones. Since then, I discovered there’s a $9 adapter from Apple that will allow you to plug a 3.5 mm headphone plug into an iPhone’s lightning jack.
I’m sure that there are some of you who are asking why I just don’t buy Bose QC45 headphones. The simple answer is that my headphones still work fine and do what I want them to do. When the ear cushions wore out, it was easy to buy a replacement set. In addition, I prefer a set of wired headphones which will still work if I run out of battery. Sure, I won’t get the noise-canceling features but they’ll still function.
Since I use them 90% for listening to music at home and 10% while on a plane, why should I pay $300 for a new pair of headphones? It’s the same reason why I travel with outdated tech.
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