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Apple’s official Lightning-based EarPods (that could be marketed under the ‘AirPods’ moniker, according to a trademark filing) were already filmed on video and depicted on leaked photos. Today, UK-based mobile accessory firm MobileFun posted a hands-on video of its own of what appears to be a wired, Lightning-based edition of the EarPods.

Apple, as you know, is widely expected to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack from its next iPhone in favor of Bluetooth wireless headsets and Lightning-based wired ones, the latter potentially providing lossless digital sound.

Here’s a close up look at these working iPhone 7 earphones that feature the familiar Lightning connector instead of the traditional 3.5mm analog headphone connection.

Accessory and case makers often post these types of things as a way to drum up publicity for their own business for free. That being said, however, the earphones shown on this video do look genuine, don’t you think?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

Source: MobileFun

  • TrekHuis

    Rumor: “Next Macbook Pro will ditch the 3.5mm jack for a lightning port.”

    • Rei

      “Blah, USB slots now replaced by single Lightning Port! Order adapter for multiple USB slots for only $45.33!”

  • Jamessmooth

    Looks genuine to me.

    • besrate hogsa

      For some apparent reason i can’t find anything wrong with that video

  • Fede777

    They don’t seem to have the quality finish that Apple would make.

  • Jake Platt

    I feel fairly certain that this is exactly what headphones we will see ship with the iPhone 7. While I’m not in favour of the 3.5mm jack removal, I am warming to the idea that better quality, lossless audio will be able to be output through the Lightning port.

  • Newgunnerr

    Why is the connector so huge? Doesn’t seem like apple

    • Chris Wagers

      That’s exactly what I was gonna say. In a pocket this connector would cause all sorts of issues. Just my two cents

    • Douglas L. Warren

      My guess is because there is a MFi chip in the connector??

      • John Smith

        Regular lighning cable already has

      • Douglas L. Warren

        Right… and this connector looks to be about the same size..

      • Newgunnerr

        No it doesn’t! It’s like 2x the size

      • aw81

        Dac chip or something in there?

    • Jamessmooth

      I have no clue if this would make sense, but maybe they could fit some audio stuff in there?

  • RustyShackleford716
  • :D

    Only thing that bothers me is not being able to charge at the same time.
    I guess you could buy a pair of Bluetooth headphones too though for when you need to charge your phone

    • askep3

      I’m thinking that the iPhone will have some kind of quick charging, so listening to music at the same time won’t be that big of a problem, and also, most people don’t listen to music all the time so there should be some time to charge. I just charge my iPhone overnight so this isn’t really a problem for me.

    • ravinigga

      Maybe apple come with TRUE wireless charging and not on a dock

  • RustyShackleford716

    You can buy them from eBay. Just search “Lightning Headphones” and you’ll see them. I ordered mine and still waiting to get them.

  • therealjjohnson

    The wires seem really thin. Am I tripping?

  • Alex-V

    One question..only for my understanding..will for example the 6s working with lighting headphones..?

  • Chindavon

    I wish they would just ship it with some Beats buds. They own the company, and a nice way to spark interest back in to iPhone. They can market the heck out of it.

  • khmi

    Looks big. The lightning connector reaches the edge of the 2 screws on either side of the lightning port. The current connectors do not.

  • Austin

    only thing that bothers me about this, when I’m sitting at my desk i have my phone plugged in to charge while using my headset to talk to clients all day long.. now what do i do?

    • Julio M.


    • Jayy

      Now this is an actual legit concern compared to what other people are complaining about.

    • AM

      That’s a good point. I suppose that’s where wireless charging would come in handy.

    • aw81

      Hopefully it means they are finally ready to include wireless charging.

  • Kattman

    This could work IF….They have wireless charging

  • Eran

    It is easy to see the lightning connector is not Apple’s. The width is 100% not apple.
    The sharp edges of the metal head is not Apple’s.
    It is a high quality china product and nothing else.

  • Dodgy Debjit

    So the two “positives” mentioned do not really make sense.

    “Pure digital output” – it still has to be converted to analogue at some point so you can actully hear it! If the phone is sending digitall then that would need to be done in the earphones rather than the phone. Unless it is sending analogue audio which completely negates this point.

    Providing power over the cable – the battery on the phone already has enough to do. Plus as has been mentioned, you can’t charge/power the phone at the same time as using the earphones so this is a bit of a non-starter.

  • Jerry

    Shit that thing is huge! I don’t know how I feel about that now