iPhone-7-Lightning EarPods-leak

A sketchy photograph just surfaced on the Chinese microblogging service Weibo, appearing to show off a Lightning-based version of Apple’s standard EarPods headphones. As you know, Apple is widely expected to ditch the 3.5mm analog audio jack on the next iPhone in favor of wireless headphones via Bluetooth and all-digital wired headphones based on Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector.

As can be gleaned from the images, the EarPods appear to sport a connection resembling a Lightning connector. On the other hand, these images could also be some joker’s elaborate hoax.

Earlier this week, 9to5Mac rehashed prior reports from the rumor-mill saying that Apple was working on Bragi Dash-like fully wireless EarPods for the next iPhone. It’s unclear from these reports whether the Lightning-enabled EarPods will ship inside the iPhone 7 box or be sold as a standalone accessory.

In case of the latter, Apple could decide to include a 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter so that iPhone 7 buyers could use their existing headphones with the device.

Mac Otakara first reported in January 2015 that Apple might be planning to bundle the iPhone 7 with a wireless EarPods. The following day, Fast Company said Apple supplier Cirrus Logic had been working on a noise-canceling technology to be used both in the iPhone 7 and the new earphones.

Source: Weibo via iPhone7.nl (Google Translate)

  • The photo is not blurry enough. FAKE.

    • Wilber Alexander Flores

      You. I like you.

    • The King

      Didn’t you know? They took it with ‘The iPhone 6S’

  • Bill

    Could be an early prototype maybe. That plug looks far too large to be considered for a final product in my opinion.

  • Charlie

    The plug is not Apple’s style, definitely fake

    • mrgerbik

      maybe not… they do have to house a DAC

      • BuBubbi

        I personally hope they will put the DAC in the controller instead of in the plug.
        I’m using a a-JAYS Five headset with my iPhone 6, and I would hate having that huge plug on it.
        Hopefully a-JAYS will make a version for the new iPhone.

    • The King

      Idk. I see this down Apple’s way. The MacBook has only 1 outlet for the computer charger / USB. Idk why this isn’t hard to believe for some people.

  • RustyShackleford716

    Looks like someone can use a soldering gun

  • Markus Hudobnik

    If they ditch the 3.5 mm port, I hope they go with USB-C and not lightning…

    • Vince Reedy

      Same here. I just don’t want multiple cables to deal with.

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      Lightning is far better in terms of it’s name and look 🙂 🙂

  • Andrieux Querido

    Are we expecting a new ios 10 Beta update this week?

    • Julio M.

      Probably next week, I think

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      WWDC was like 2 weeks back, beta 2 so fast??

    • jmember12

      Probably this Friday

  • David J Delgado

    That is a HUGE connector. Apple wouldn’t do that. I’m calling BS, Lol.

  • Kaptivator

    So I wont be able to listen to music and charge my phone at the same time?

    • Jake Platt

      Good call

    • BuBubbi

      Get a Bluetooth headset then. Then you’ll also be free of any headset wires.

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        and then it’ll drain the battery faster??