This week’s tech column:
No, that is not a black-with-silver-trim tumor growing from my iPhone’s 30-pin connector. It’s Mikey Digital, a snap-on stereo microphone from Blue Microphones that, using the right app, records at CD quality — including, with the included adapter, your amazing shred-guitar virtuosity.
But who really needs it, especially for $100? No one needs the tumor, an instant iPhone fashion downgrade. Mikey Digital’s arrival also coincides with the latest iPhone, No. 5, and its new-look connector. The familiar 30-pin look is gone, which means an iPhone 5 owner who purchases Mikey Digital would also need Apple’s $29 Lightning-to-30-pin adapter. The tumor, and expense, just got bigger.
The iPhone and iPad already have built-in monophonic microphones, which is all anyone needs for note-to-self voice memos. Mikey Digital, however, expands the possibilities of mobile recording.