JPMorgan analysts who track Apple’s supply chain in the Asia-Pacific region, including Gokul Hariharan, shared a new research note this week. In it, the they predicted that the company’s upcoming iPhone 8 will come outfitted with an enhanced earpiece sporting “further improvements” to stereo sound and waterproofing.

The note, obtained by MacRumors, does not specify what acoustical improvements Apple could introduce to iPhone 8’s earpiece.

JPMorgan also made the prediction that AirPods could come as a free accessory with iPhone 8. If true, Apple’s $159 wireless earbuds could replace the firm’s $29 wired EarPods with Lightning connector that come in the box with current iPhone models.

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The research note mentions other previously rumored iPhone 8 features, like an OLED display, a stainless steel and glass design, a faster A11 processor, a larger battery, wireless charging and enhanced cameras with new sensors for 3D mapping, 3D selfies, facial recognition, augmented reality capabilities and more.

The analysts estimate that iPhone 8 will be $75 to $80 more expensive to manufacture.

iPhone 7 became the first iPhone to feature stereo sound.

Rather than use two separate speakers at the bottom of the device, Apple has opted to combine a speaker unit at the bottom with the earpiece at the top to create “immersive stereo sound” delivering two times the audio output of iPhone 6s and increased dynamic range.

  • Jay

    If I’m not mistaken the HTC One M7 was the first phone to use the earpiece as a second loud stereo speaker. A great idea and I’m glad  finally came around to it. For years a lot of people thought there were two speakers at the bottom of their iPhones.

    • Rowan09

      HTC doesn’t use the earpiece as a speaker, it has its own dedicated speaker on top.

    • sadaN

      iPhone 7 became the first iPhone to feature stereo sound.

      Not

      iPhone 7 became the first phone to feature stereo sound.

      • Jay

        Not true since the M7 had it..

  • Joey

    Captain Obvious? How did these so called analysts get their jobs anyway?

  • Siri Tim Cook Holness

    No1 wants airpods plz ship some good beats not shove shitty airpods down our throats

    • Rowan09

      What’s some good beats and do you own AirPods now?

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        Tbh any of the new wireless beats r superior to airpods I own solo3 bc it’s factual that over ear will always be better

      • Rowan09

        So you know they suck how? You want them to ship with other the ear headphones?

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        I just said I do NOT own airpods as 160$ is way too much for in ear headphones with measly 5 hour battery life

      • Rowan09

        I edited my comment since it was sent before I saw your response.

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        I need bass in ear bass is always terrible and synthetic

      • Rowan09

        So you never used the AirPods just saying they are trash from reviews then? Over the ear headphones won’t be ship with any phone.

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        Ik but at least ship some wireless in ear beats which are still at least a bit superior to airpods

      • Rowan09

        How do you know this?

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        Seriously if u think airpods r ok ur probs a stupid Hillary supporter

      • Rowan09

        Lol. I don’t own it just asking. I have Beats Powerbeats 2

      • askep3

        Lol this guy, I like your responses

      • Rowan09

        Lol

      • Jerry

        The airpods are great and no I am not a Hillary supporter

      • askep3

        If you’ve only heard bass from beats then I’m not sure you know what the difference between good and bad bass is.

        I love beats bass, it’s “fun”. All I’m saying is there’s more precise and higher quality bass with other headphones

      • askep3

        Have you seen the competition? Worse battery life and the decent ones start at $300.
        Forget that, the AirPods work flawlessly without the annoying Bluetooth connection hassle. Would you rather spend time connecting your earphones or just take them out and put them in your ears?

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        No I don’t own airpods 160$ is way too much for in ear

  • Cerberus The Wise

    If apple does ship them with AirPods, it’ll be a pretty major win for the consumer. Most people would probably love to have them and if the 8 is going to cost close towards 1000, then thats the least they could do. It’ll also help a lot in pushing their wireless movement forward. People who don’t like them could also just sell them for some easy cash. I am a bit skeptical since they’re still having such a hard time meeting AirPods high demand.

    • MMA Rules

      Maybe this is why the AirPods are in shortage, but I also can be wrong

  • Jerry

    Ship with airpods YEAH OKAY. That 159$ price tag they have them on Apple wouldn’t be that stupid

  • askep3

    If it’s going to be at least $75 more expensive, I doubt Apple will add airpods. It not only adds the cost of AirPods-cost of EarPods, it also takes away people who would buy the AirPods separately. People won’t be buying AirPods if they already got some with their phone obviously.