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Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 will include an all-digital, wired edition of the EarPods headphones that will connect to the handset’s Lightning port, not the wireless edition as previously rumored.

According to an analyst note from Barclays, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider, Apple has not yet purchased a license from its supplier Cirrus Logic that would permit the company to use Cirrus’ active noise-canceling software.

Cirrus technology would be needed to filter out background noise during phone calls were Apple to ditch the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of wireless Bluetooth headphones.

“We believe Apple is including just the digital (via Lightning) headphone in the iPhone 7 this year,” analysts Blayne Curtis and Christopher Hemmelgarn wrote in their note to investors.

As for the supposed wireless edition of the EarPods that prior rumors said would ship with the next iPhone, the analysts don’t think Apple is in a position to make such a move this year.

“We still believe there is potential for Apple to add active noise cancelling in the iPhone 7s,” which is likely to come out in 2017.

“Apple will need to provide a digital headset inbox but likely was not willing to spend the extra cost for the active noise cancelling functionality,” they concluded.

Apple is currently interested in an audio codec from Cirrus which would let the EarPods connect to the iPhone’s Lightning connector rather than via the standard 3.5mm analog jack.

As mentioned, another codec from Cirrus would be needed to enable wireless EarPods to sample audio captured by an in-line microphone in order to cancel out unwanted sounds.

The analysts added that the space currently occupied by the 3.5mm audio jack could be used in the iPhone 7 for another speaker. Cirrus would reportedly provide an amplifier for that speaker.

Source: Barclays via Business Insider

  • therealjjohnson

    Figured this would be the route the whole time. Lightening port works just fine while listening to music in my vehicle. Just throw it on the end of the ear pods and call it a day.

  • Jip2

    well another battery drain problem 😉 but i hope it works fine

    • therealjjohnson

      The lightening connecter shouldn’t make ear pods use more power than they already use from my understanding.

  • :D

    Why not have a removable cable that lets you use it with both a wired or wireless connection

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      You. I like the way you think.

  • Paul Edmund

    So…..if you’re listening with headphones, you can forget about charging at the same time. Not a common practice, but it does come up.

    • Jerry

      Don’t remember ever listening to my headphones and charging at the same time so I don’t think this will be a issue for many.

      • I use headphones while having a phone conversation in the car and charging it. That situation comes up for me a lot.

      • 5723alex .

        You are driving with headphones on ? You probably are holding a bottle of whisky as well.

      • Tf?? Hands free is the safe way to drive.

      • Meatball

        Lol stop reaching

      • Don Walker II

        Where I live it’s legal to drive with headphones/earphones if only one side is in/on.

      • Manuel Molina

        I work 9 to 9 most days, and when I get home, my phone is basically dead. I use my charger to charge my iPhone while I use my headphones to watch YouTube until I knock out. The headphones are not to wake up my girl. Headphones and charging is common theme for many people, and it’s only setting us up to have apples new thought that a 60 cable is being innovated to our “needs”.

      • Don Walker II

        Classic new macbook situation. One port for everything. need to charge your laptop but also need to access files from an external hard drive? Forget about it!

      • Damn. Makes me love my vintage Mac even more.

    • Rowan09

      Well according to rumors it’s suppose to have wireless charging so that would solve the issue.

      • Can wireless charging work in the car?

      • Rowan09

        I don’t know but why exactly would that be an issue? You need to charge your phone in the car while using a headset?

      • Tobias9413

        I use my aux cable to listen to music in my car and there are times when my phone is running out of battery so I have to plug my charger in.

      • Rowan09

        Got you, so maybe they’ll have a spitter we’ll see.

      • Don Walker II

        Exactly! I use my phone as a GPS in my car, with the aux cable plugged in.

      • Yes

      • Rowan09

        Oh, well I assume they’ll also have a splitter or maybe they’ll add a USB C charger port along with the Lightning port.

  • Jerry

    Of course they’re going to sell us the better ones. For 49.99

    • Jon20

      $49.99 price tag from Apple would be a gift. I’m expecting $199+ for the wireless ear pods they were planning. Lol.

      • Rowan09

        They own beats so expect a Beats headphone.

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  • John Smith

    again software patents screwing technology, in both ways (rest vs apple, apple vs rest)

  • n0ahcruz3

    EarPods are crap had to buy earskins for it to be snug fit and wont fall off.. Off topic rant over lol

  • Manuel Molina

    I’m kind of not feeling this. So I won’t be able to charge and hear music at the same time? If I have a case attached to the lighting port, how is that going to look like for users who put their plugs in that same port? All this for thinnest.

    Thinnest is Apple’s obsession, not many of our desires.

    • Rook HD

      Apple will be happily sell you a lightning splitter for $49.99, of course

      • diggitydang

        Another thing you have to carry around… Not feeling this either.

      • Manuel Molina

        I’m not giving them 50 extra for basic features that every phone has over their OCD obsession to make the phone thinner than Steve Jobs on his death bed. Sorry.

  • sNick

    Why would you ever do this??

    • Antzboogie

      I would like to listen to music while my iPhone charges who doesnt?

  • Rook HD

    wait for the day Apple ditches all the ports and sell you a wireless adapter to connect all your cables

  • ♋JULY 17♋

    Why they don’t just ship beats with the iPhone 7 it makes sense instead of this crap they talking about

  • Ballziton Shnaps

    the 6s will be my last iPhone, starting with the 3g. RIP *old* apple

    • diggitydang

      I have to agree!! I was on the 3GS and upgraded pretty much every edition, except the 4. Think the 6s will be my last too, if this article holds true.

  • Bigfoot Expert

    I’m not surprised. Bluetooth earphones are expensive. I don’t see them being free.

  • Antzboogie

    Very true.