In this case, I wanted to test how the iPhone 6 Plus’ smart speakers and smart displays interact with each other and how this affects playback. I was particularly interested in whether this setup changed the way the Apple iPhone 6 Plus sounds when I’m listening to music. The first phase was simple: I wired the earphones to the speakers that reside in the headphone jack. I also plugged in the audio jack of my iPhone 5s to give an audio signal into the speakers. Finally, I used my headphone amp’s headphone output to connect my iPhone 6 Plus to my Mac with the Lightning port. On to Part Two: Testing the Smart Screen As expected from the setup above, the earphones and smartphone speakers work together quite well, even though they may not be perfectly connected at times. Most of the time I had no audio coming from my iPhone at all until I checked my music. The biggest surprise is the way the SmartScreen works as a smart screen. For now, it’s not a direct replacement for the Apple home screen or the notification area on my iPhone, but it could prove useful in future software updates. I hope Apple will keep this in mind in their future redesigns and changes.
Photo of the SmartScreen and the iPhone 6 Plus using bluetooth headphones and a Mac I was able to use the iPhone while I was listening to music on audio-injected headphones and on the iPhone 6 Plus, just like Apple would advise (I wasn’t able to put the earphones on the phone in this test because I had a wireless USB cord attached to a PC). On the computer, I was able to see my current music position relative to the center of the screen, and I could still follow a song by ear. In the next section, I’ll be showing you what you get if you do the exact same test on a variety of devices, including all the Android-powered iPhones , the Samsung Galaxy S3, the LG G3 , and the Sony Xperia Z1 . The first section will be for the iPhone 6 Plus. If you know what I’ve done above, it’s pretty obvious I’ll just describe the whole test itself (I included both Apple-designed devices in my test). In the next section, you’ll see how my results compared if I tested both the iPhone 6 Plus’ SmartScreen and music playback. Now, let’s get into a few details about how this all fits together.
Photo of the SmartScreen and iPhone 6 Plus using Bluetooth headphones and a Mac I’ve never done any testing on headphones with a screen before. The process described in this post can be done with earphones without a screen attached, but I’ve never done a device-in-device comparison such as this. There are a few reasons for doing this test: The test is easy to use and easily reproducible This test eliminates some of the confounding factors of using audio with a screen and an iPhone This test does not have to be repeated for every single device We can use my iPod Touch as an example, and use it as a baseline
The SmartScreen and iPhone 6 Plus’ Headphones Test Part 1: Wireless Earphone-to-Amp Connectivity After connecting my headphones to a Mac with my iPhone , I plugged the headphone amp’s headphone jack into the speaker jack of my iPhone 6 Plus. I used my smartphone’s Bluetooth headset to connect both devices and let it scan the network through my headphones. The SmartScreen and Music Playback
After turning off the bluetooth in the iPhone 6 Plus, I connected both devices to a Mac where the iPod touch could connect to the computer using Bluetooth. I opened a new file with iTunes and chose the “test” tab. The results were displayed on the Mac as well as on the iPhone so I could compare the results to be sure they were the same. To make sure this wasn’t due to some kind of Bluetooth problem, I set the “Test to All Devices” to Run and then set “Test to Headphones Only” to On. I then waited about 5 seconds (if you can’t wait that long, maybe you do not own a Mac yet) until the iPod touch connected to my Mac and played a music file I was recording using the iPhone.
Photo showing the iPod touch connected to my Mac I also used Plex to stream my device’s audio output over my laptop to the iPad . This process resulted in the same recording (you can see the results below, but I’ve added a few lines to the end of the transcript):
You can see I recorded this with a pair of headphones connected to my Mac while the Bluetooth on my iPod touch was turned off. As for what’s going on with the iPod touch and the iPhone 6 Plus, just to recap: the audio through my headphones comes from a Bluetooth-enabled stereo and is transmitted via a network to my Mac. After I turn the iPhone off of course, the Mac knows it doesn’t