Apple is reportedly making premium wi-fi earbuds for the subsequent iPhone
Rumors have swirled about Apple ditching the normal three.5mm headphone jack for a lot of the final yr. Now, one of the crucial dependable Apple rumor reporters is saying that the iPhone 7 will certainly drive house owners to make use of both wi-fi headphones or a wired choice by means of the system’s Lightning port. Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac right now posted a report claiming that the three.5mm headphone jack was historical past and that Apple can also be creating a premium pair of wi-fi headphones to go together with the brand new telephone.
For those who’re not desirous about utilizing wi-fi headphones, you will have to discover a pair of Lightning-suitable headphones for the iPhone 7. It would not shock us if Apple included an adapter to go from three.5mm headphones into the Lightning port, however that is a clunky and unappealing answer. So when you get a brand new iPhone this yr, your previous wired headphones might be by and enormous left behind. Gurman’s report signifies the telephone will include a brand new set of Lightning-related EarPod headphones so you will have one thing to make use of proper out of the field.
Apple’s clearly not hostile to slicing older ports from its merchandise — the brand new MacBook with its single USB-C port is simply the newest instance. However the iPhone is the corporate’s largest and most worthwhile enterprise, and taking away such a helpful and essential legacy connector can be a reasonably daring (or silly) transfer.
To maneuver its clients into this wi-fi world, it feels like Apple will lean on the assets it acquired when it purchased Beats in 2014 to unveil a premium pair of wi-fi earbuds. These headphones will reportedly be really wi-fi, with no cable connecting the 2 earpieces. The accent can also be anticipated to incorporate a noise-cancelling microphone and a button for taking telephone calls. It feels like an honest answer to the shortage of a headphone jack, however it will not come low cost — Gurman says it’s going to be positioned as a “premium” accent, and comparable headphones from Bragi value $299.
In fact, if historical past holds, we’re a superb 9 months out from the subsequent iPhone, so something might change. However Gurman’s monitor report, in addition to different studies which have bubbled up over the previous few months, make it ever extra doubtless that the three.5mm headphone jack might be a factor of the previous with the iPhone 7. Apple’s relentless and maybe pointless pursuit of thinner units makes this a necessity, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a bitter capsule to swallow.