Apple allegedly plans to bundle iPhone 7 with wireless EarPods

By , Jan 5, 2016

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Following a November 2015 claim by the Japanese blog Macotakara which asserted that Apple will ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone port on an ‘iPhone 7’ to focus exclusively on supporting Lightning-enabled headsets and wireless headphones, a new supply chain rumor published Tuesday by Chinese websites Anzhuo.cn and Feng claims that the Cupertino firm will actually bundle the next iPhone with a wireless version of its EarPods headphones to make up for the missing headphone jack.

So, EarPods are about to go the wireless Bluetooth route.

If I had to speculate, I would say that the company might even replace the EarPods with one of Beats’ wireless headphones, though that could be a stretch.

As for Lightning-enabled headphones, these should make use of the iPhone’s Lightning port for both charging and headset capabilities, the reports claim.

But if you still prefer conventional wired headphones, Apple will reportedly provide you with a Lightning adapter to connect conventional 3.5mm headphones to your iPhone 7.

Source: Anzhuo.cn (Google Translate), Feng (Google Translate)

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    • Bugs Bunnay

      XD

    • bigkev943

      You know its coming a bunch of videos and blogs #jackgate2016

  • Rob

    “Apple will reportedly provide you with a Lightning adapter” ya sure, provide you with the option to buy it for a ridiculous price.

    • igorsky

      Which you are free not to spend money on.

      • JRDN

        Doesn’t matter – his point was that it’s another money making scheme to pry on old habits.

      • Rowan09

        Isn’t that what businesses do make money by upselling?

      • JRDN

        Not when you’re Apple and, like Rob said in the initial comment, charge ridiculous prices for such small equipment.

        There’s a difference between making money and full-out ripping off your consumers. I like Apple, but this is definitely one of their weak spots.

      • Rowan09

        How there products costs about the same as any other high end phone or device? How exactly do you expect Apple to pay for their staff by selling phones, etc at a discount? Remember Apple is a hardware company and driven by sales of hardware. Plus when you have an issue with an Apple device you can bring it in right away to an Apple Store for a potential fix. Try buying a Galaxy and see how long it will take you to get a new device and how much they charge you even if it’s a defect. My wife bought the S6 edge and in 2 weeks the fingerprint sensor stopped working and she couldn’t log into her phone, she contact T-mobile and they said she has to mail it back to them (took 2 weeks to get a new one) and told her she had to pay $40 for what I don’t even know.

      • mrgerbik

        I guess billions in the bank means they are just scraping by then eh?

      • Rowan09

        Of course not they are very wealthy, but do you see the news reports about them every quarter? It’s always a doom story so, no they can’t just give things away especially as a publicly traded company because they will get sued by shareholders.

      • mrgerbik

        Noone said anything about giving things away – just price a little more fairly… the problem is that Apple has always used high pricing as a marketing strategy

      • Rowan09

        Because they are a hardware company and that’s what those companies do. Microsoft and Google are software companies that make a few hardware now to promote their software. Regardless every top phone or laptop costs the same price or very similar even though you can get instant service with Apple devices due to the Apple Store.

      • mrgerbik

        That may be true today, but before Apples meteoric rise, pricing was usualy dictated by market, not hype.

      • George

        maybe their executives can take a small pay cut from their millions of dollars a year to provide their loyal customers with an accessory that costs 2 cents to make.

      • Rowan09

        It would be nice, but not necessary. it’s no different than Samsung selling the wireless adapter for their wireless capable phone for $50, while it would be nice they included it, it’s not necessary. If they got rid of the headphone jack and didn’t provide wireless headphones, that would be a different story.

      • George

        Where have you been? At launch they gave them away at best buy and even now when you activate Samsung pay.

      • Rowan09

        Best Buy gave them away I’m sure with a contract, etc but that’s not Samsung giving them away. It’s no different than the discounts on Apple products at Best Buy. I don’t know about now, but as I stated they were selling for $50

      • George

        It was not best buy, it was Samsung. I even asked the best buy guy.

      • Rowan09

        Ok it was for a limited time from what I saw online.

      • mrgerbik

        Such a weak argument

  • 3xp0sur3

    While the free wireless headphones is commendable, the removable of the 3.5mm port is a joke. And no, carrying a bulky Lightning adapter (which will probably cost $50) is not a solution.

    • diggitydang

      Not to mention that if you used some kind of Lightning Adapter, you wouldn’t be able to charge at the same time. I think this would make me explore Android again…

      • 3xp0sur3

        It’s Apple’s obsession with fragmenting tech standards. I bet they will also create a new wireless charging format (as opposed to the existing and popular QI) and call it a revolution.

      • noecuhh

        i agree, but at the same time I would trade the 3.5mm headphone jack for a slimmer iphone

    • Newgunnerr

      Lol dude that analog headphone jack has to go some day, it cant stay forever..

      • mrgerbik

        ROFL why?

      • George

        and now is the time? Bluetooth technology sucks right now.

  • Vince Reedy

    So they will not have any lag?

    • Past0rB

      No. Bluetooth works great these days. Seamless operation.

      • Vince Reedy

        I have a 6S+ and a brand new set of bluetooth headphones and there is a lag

      • stylesbeyond

        best you buy some decent headphones then if you have lag mine are perfect

      • Past0rB

        Sorry to hear that. My 6s with wireless Beats do great with no lag what so ever. What brand are your headphones?

      • Vince Reedy

        beats solo2

      • Franklin Richards

        I have a £10 set of bluetooth earphones for rough wearing and they don’t lag. You might want to get a refund.

      • Cristian B

        maybe the expensive beats that retail for 200 bucks. Every Bluetooth I’ve used lags like crazy on my 6s

      • Manuel Molina

        I’m not too convinced on beats. To me, I’ve heard better with headphones half the price of beats that are wire and wireless options.

      • Cristian B

        yeah I’ve heard of that too, beats are just branded garbage with nothing that lives up to their popularity

      • Manuel Molina

        Garbage is what it is. I find it funny to see a lot of people who don’t have money buying beats, while those who do have something entirely better for half the price. How funny is that?

      • Cristian B

        I know that feeling bro, I’ve seen these headphones at Walmart, they sounded absolutely incredible, and was like only 70 bucks. for 70 bucks I can maybe get the little beats earphones that break in 4 months probably haha

  • Past0rB

    The EarPods are not the best for fit or sound. Why not just put wireless Beats in with phones?

    • igorsky

      Because business.

  • Jon20

    I saw this coming. With the purchase of beats, it was only a matter of time that they would update their headphones to something a little more advanced. Bundling it in with the new iPhone would be good. Hopefully they will sell them separately as they have in the past. I like the comfort and design of the EarPods. I just wish they would stay in my ear. Part of it is because I’m tethered to my phone so they tend to pop out when the cable gets tugged. This Is why I use 3rd party Bluetooth headphones, so I can move around freely while enjoying what I’m listening to.

    • mrgerbik

      Beats aren’t ‘advanced’

  • iBanks

    I’m with it.

  • mobilemann

    wow this is a total money grab

  • diggitydang

    As a long time, extremely loyal Apple fan, I don’t like where the company has been going over the last couple of years (if this is indeed true)… They did the Macbook Pro with no ports which really complicates hooking up multiple devices at once, or charging while using a monitor or external hard drive… now, an iPhone with no earphone jack??? Thanks for the wireless earpods, but you’re making me trash all my other wired earbuds and headphones??? Not to mention how I would listen to music while charging (without spending money on a Lightning Splitter).

    Like I said, I don’t like where Apple has been going lately… I think this would be enough to push me over to trying Android.

    • Apple has been going like this for years. This isn’t new. See: the Floppy, Optical Drive, SD Card slot, MacBook etc, etc.

      • Roto

        I have no REAL problem with existing earphones being obsolete. My only concern is that some games like taiko no tatsujin and other rhythm games lag awfully with Bluetooth earphones. Until latency becomes near perfect, it’s software rather than hardware that will become the major worry

      • diggitydang

        I realize that, but I still don’t like it… hahaha… I didn’t mind getting rid of the Floppy or DVD drives because most software was being downloaded, and files were done in the cloud or through flash drives. They also got rid of LAN ports, but WIFI was ~90% adopted. I don’t think the same can be said for Bluetooth ear/headphones. In every 10 people I see, I probably see at least 7-8 with wired headphones. Personally, I have one set of Bluetooth earphones and about 8 pairs of wired ones in various places like home, work, my car (in case I stop unexpectedly at a coffee shop or another public place).

      • George

        haha and? they are over complicating something that just works. We realize that you’re now an apple apologist from what I’ve heard on the podcast weekly.

      • Weekly? Wow a dedicated hater.

      • George

        If I was a hater I wouldn’t be listening. I don’t have to agree with all hosts.

      • You have yet to agree on anything so far so what does that say?

    • Vince Reedy

      The new macbook is not meant to have multiple devices attached. It is a mobile device. Macbook Pro still has plenty of ports.

      • Yeah, and its one port coupled with a monitor that features USB-C turns it into a full sized machine in an instant. It’s never been this easy before.

      • diggitydang

        It’s a mobile device, but let’s say you have a flash drive with some photos on it, and you want to transfer it to another flash drive (not exactly a “pro” task). Can you plug in two flash drives at once, without having to buy an additional connector? Maybe I’m not understanding this correctly.

      • diggitydang

        Sorry, I said Macbook PRO above… my bad. Corrected

  • Franklin Richards

    Apple iPhone one of the biggest phones to make 3.5mm the norm for phones will be the first to do away with it. If Steve Jobs was still here he’d never do that because he’s a huge audiophile and he’d understand the importance of wired headphones. I personally have moved onto wireless earphones but the 3.5mm port should still persist because it’s still a very relevant spec.

  • TechnoBuff

    Let’s assume that this is a speculation but if it turns out to be real, then a lot of people have no idea how disruptive this will be.

    A lot of products will be rendered obsolete including the expensive ones and the introduction of lightning port adapter will not solve the frustration and anger,This will impact iphone sales in the short term while people adjust.

    Moreso, i see this as a ploy for Apple to increase the price of the next iPhone by $100, because its being bundled does not mean its free.

    • Rowan09

      Not really because Bluetooth or wireless is becoming the norm. Watch and see if they do it how many companies will follow.

      • TechnoBuff

        I am not saying other companies wont follow but expect a price increase on your next iphone at a minimum of $100

        If you think apple will add a wireless earbuds for free… you had better rethink that.

      • Rowan09

        When they started giving headphones with the iPhone my other phones didn’t come with one. If Apple is getting rid of the headphone jack, it won’t cost them anything much to add Bluetooth to headphones.

      • TechnoBuff

        I agree on the fact that it costs nothing to add but knowing Apple, expect a significant price increase for the addition of wireless earbuds, People will complain but still rush to buy it nonetheless.
        Most phone companies ship phones with headphones for years now, so i wonder which ones you are referring to

      • Rowan09

        Before the iPhone I had a Windows Mobile phone and Palm Treo that didn’t include headphones. Apple won’t charge more for headphones unless there’s two options, with and without a headphone jack.

      • TechnoBuff

        Before the IPhone, i had a few Nokia including the Nokia communicator including some samsung phones, they came with headphones packaged.

      • Rowan09

        Oh ok the only phone that came with headphones that I owned was a windows mobile $800 phone. Why a price increase when the are not giving you anything? Wireless headphones in this case is a need since they are getting rid of the headphone jack (as rumored). When they got rid of the 32GB with the 64GB no one would think they would make such a move.

      • TechnoBuff

        All our conversations are based on rumors and speculations but the point is that, if Apple is going to release the next Iphone with wireless headphones, then expect a price increase to justify the addition of those earphones. it will still be bundled as free but price will be factored into the price increase. That is the Apple’s way

      • Rowan09

        I understand but that would make absolutely no business sense. Why would I want to pay $100 or whatever more just for wireless headphones and not have a choice between wired ones? If Apple made such a move a lot of people would buy the 6S instead of the 7, for those who’s up for an upgrade. It’s was also not the Apple way to give the 32GB for the same price as the 64GB and they did. These wireless headphones will not increase the cost of the iPhone, if anything I bet getting rid of the headphone jack and plug would equate to the cost to add Bluetooth. This is just my opinion though, but anything is possible. Dumber things have happened before.

  • HfzD°

    Am all for it. Slowly turning to Bluetooth for headphone use. I was thinking, maybe there will one company who will come out with a Power Bank headphone or something like that. You can charge your phone and listen to music at the same time. Or maybe that’s why they did that controversial Apple power pack case, you can connect your headphone to the lightning port of the power pack case and charge your phone at the same time. Just my personal opinion though. 🙂

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    Don’t forget that the revolutionary new EarPods will not only be wireless, but will be so thin that the battery inside dies before any song can end. An issue you say? No. A revolutionary new feature!

  • Shan

    I just hope there is no lag when watching videos. I have wireless powerbeats and I can’t watch videos well with that lag. Music works great though. If there really ends up being no headphone jack, I’m going to need to make sure I keep my powerbeats charged all the time where as before I would just use my EarPods once my powerbeats died.

    • George

      there will be lag, and people will just tell you it’s normal, it’s a first gen product.

  • nonchalont

    Yeah 3.5 jacks are obsolete. Cars have usbs in them now and Bluetooth. I don’t know when I last used 3.5. Wired head phones are obsolete. Wireless is the way now.
    I can understand some will prefer wired for a strong connection and better sound, but it’s really not that big of a difference to go wireless.

    • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

      Imagine this: You haven’t listened to music or used your earphones/headphones in a few days. You are in train on a trip and suddenly decide you want to listen to music. You pull out your wireless headphones only to discover that the battery is empty. If you had 3,5mm wired ones you could have just plugged them in and listen to music.

  • I’ve been using Bluetooth headphones for the last few years and they’re pretty good. If you want some good, relatively cheap ones, grab Mpow Swifts.

  • And what should i use in the airplane???

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    Ridiculous. I hope this never materialises.

  • nyangejr

    That’s a lot of accessories to own there just to get apple audio to the ears

  • Mohāmmèd Âłî

    They should put two lightning ports on it , problem solved 🙂

    • Mohāmmèd Âłî

      The problem of listening to music while charging i mean.

      • Rowan09

        Or an adapter with a splitter.

  • mrgerbik

    Yay more shit to charge…

  • Alexandre Isurugi

    what a brilliant (dick) move by Apple. Not only they will force people to either buy a lightning adapter, or new headphones, they will also make sure that it is very easy for you to lose your wireless earpods.