Take 39% off these Beats Pro Lil Wayne on-ear headphones

By iDB Deals on Jul 21, 2016

The Beats brand is the one audio company whose name you know on sight. The world-renowned Beats By Dr. Dre headphones look as good as they sound, offering premium high-definition sound with clear highs and deep lows, not to mention nearly indestructible steel framing to match a smoothly comfortable fit. Now you can pick up your own set of Beats by Dr. Dre – Beats Pro Lil Wayne On-Ear Headphones at a fantastic 39% discount! Read More

 

Fully assembled Lightning-based EarPods shown on leaked images

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

Last month, a batch of photographs out of China claiming to depict a Lightning-based version of Apple’s standard EarPods headphones left us scratching our head due to the product’s sketchy appearance. But now, French blog NowhereElse.fr points us to another set of leaked images, originally posted on the Chinese social network Weibo, that ostensibly show off a fully assembled EarPods headphones with a Lightning connector.

UPDATE: confirmed as fake. Read More

 

Apple supplier Cirrus Logic releases MFi Lightning headphone development kit

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 29, 2016

Apple supplier Cirrus Logic, which provides audio chips for iPhones, iPads and iPod touches, today released a software development kit for third-party vendors who wish to build Lightning-based headphones under the ‘Made for iOS’ (MFi) program.

iOS already supports headphones based on the proprietary Lightning connector, some of which are sold by Apple itself. As you know, the next iPhone is widely expected to drop the standard 3.5mm jack in favor of Bluetooth and Lightning headphones. Read More

 

Photographs of claimed Lightning-based EarPods leak on the web

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 29, 2016

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. Read More

 

Report reiterates that Apple is working on Bragi Dash-like fully wireless EarPods

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016

There’s been a lot of debate lately among Apple watchers as to whether or not the next iPhone, which the rumor-mill thinks will ditch the 3.5mm audio jack and rely on Bluetooth and Lightning headsets, will ship with a wireless version of the EarPods headphones or one of Beats’ wireless headphones.

9to5Mac is now reiterating prior reports, saying Apple is indeed working on its own fully wireless EarPods that should resemble the Bragi Dash. Read More

 

Food for thought: is 3.5mm audio plug the new floppy drive?

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 22, 2016

Responding to Nilay Patel’s controversial article on The Verge, titled “Taking the Headphone Jack Off Phones Is User-Hostile and Stupid”, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber pulls out the floppy drive analogy.

As you know, the next iPhone is rumored to ditch the industry-standard 3.5mm jack in favor of Bluetooth and Lightning-based headphones.

Gruber goes on to compare Nilay’s arguments against removing the century-old analog jack from mobile devices to the similar arguments that had been made in response to Apple’s decision to ditch the good ol’ floppy drive from the iMac in 1998 for USB. Read More

 

New iPhone 7 rumor: dual-SIM trays, headphone jack not going anywhere, 256GB model

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 20, 2016

Apple’s next-generation handset may include dual-SIM trays allowing it to be used with multiple carriers more easily, if photos of alleged iPhone 7 components posted on Chinese microblogging service Weibo are anything to go by.

The ability to use two SIM cards at the same time, a first for iPhone, would let users send and receive cellular phone calls and text messages from two phone numbers, via two carriers. The iPhone 7 may also keep the headphone jack and include a 256-gigabyte model, a leakster said. Read More

 

Bose’s new wireless headphones come with its premium noise-cancelling tech

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 6, 2016

Audio equipment company Bose today launched a few new wireless headphones that use its premium noise-cancelling technology. The new Bose products are arriving ahead of the iPhone 7, which is said to lose the century-old 3.5mm audio jack in favor of wireless headsets and Lightning-enabled ones.

The new QuietComfort 35 model is a successor to Bose’s popular QuietComfort 25 headphones. The QuietComfort 35 uses both Bluetooth and NFC pairing and includes Bose’s noise-cancelling tech. Read More

 

First Lightning-to-headphone adapter surfaces, offering a sign of things to come

By Christian Zibreg on May 31, 2016

Apple is widely believe to remove the more than century-old 3.5mm analog audio jack from the iPhone 7 in favor of Lightning-enabled headphones and wireless Bluetooth headsets. Chinese vendor Tama Electric is advertising at Computex 2016 in Taipei the first Lightning-to-headphone that would let folks connect their existing analog headphones based on the 3.5mm audio jack to the iPhone 7.

The listing was first discovered by the oft-reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara. Read More

 

Alleged iPhone 7 part has 3.5mm headphone jack we thought would be going away

By Christian Zibreg on May 3, 2016

An image of a purported component for Apple’s unannounced next-generation iPhone has leaked out yesterday courtesy of French blog NowhereElse.fr and—surprise, surprise—it depicts a 3.5mm headphone jack. Remember, the rumor-mill has been cognizant for months that the century-old analog audio jack will be removed from an ‘iPhone 7’ in favor of Lightning-powered or wireless headphones.

The image appears to show a Lightning cable assembly, supposedly for an iPhone device, and it looks a tad different compared to the same part found in the current-generation iPhone 6s. Read More

 

iPhone stuck in headphone mode? Here’s a fix

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 17, 2016

Have you ever unplugged your headphones or speakers from the 3.5mm jack on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad just to find that your iPhone was stuck in headphone mode? The most common symptom is that sound won’t come from your iPhone speakers anymore, and in some cases, you may even see the Headphones HUD stuck on your Home screen. It can be frustrating, but it’s usually pretty easy to fix.

In this piece, we’ll discuss why it happens, as well as some troubleshooting steps on how to get out of a stuck case of headphone mode in iOS. Read More

 

Apple patents hybrid wireless/wired earbuds for iPhone that are magnetically detachable

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 1, 2016

The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) on Tuesday awarded Apple a patent for magnetically detachable earbuds for an iPhone that could work in both wired and wireless mode. The invention is of particular interest in light of the rumor that the next iPhone will ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of Lightning-enabled and wireless Bluetooth headphones.

The proposed device would use two cables, one to connect the headphones together in wireless mode (like the connecting cable found on the Beats Solo2 wireless headphones) and the other to connect the headphones to a host device in wired mode. Read More

 

iPhone 7 may ship with wired EarPods after all

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 12, 2016

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. Read More

 

Back to School promo goes live in New Zealand and Australia with free Beats Solo2 headphones

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2016

Apple’s annual Back to School promotion is back with a new deal launching today in Australia and New Zealand. University students, students accepted to a university and parents buying for a university student are being tempted with a free Beats Solo2 on-ear headphones, a $199.95 value, with an eligible Mac purchase.

When purchasing a new MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac or iMac with Retina 5K display, customers shall receive an instant credit for the purchase of a pair of Beats Solo2 wired headphones in Gloss Black, Gloss White, Gloss Red or Gloss Blue or wired Beats Solo2 headphones in Space Gray, Silver, Gold or Rose Gold. Read More

 

Several House of Marley Bluetooth speakers and headphones are on sale right now

By Cody Lee on Jan 15, 2016

We are big fans of House of Marley gear here at iDB. I recently reviewed the Chant Mini Bluetooth speaker, praising it for its sound and portability, and we have highlighted several of their other products over the years. So naturally, when we found out that many of their Bluetooth speakers and headphones were on sale, we just had to share it with you.

In my Chant Mini review, I noted that House of Marley products are unique in that they are built using earth-friendly materials like Hemp, bamboo and recycled plastic, and thus look very different than other consumer electronics. But, if you can get past the unorthodox aesthetics, my experience with HoM gear is that it sounds great and is very well made. Read More

 

Apple is reportedly building wireless earphones that will fit inside your ear and come with charging case

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2016

Apple is reportedly building brand new, completely wireless earphones that will fit inside of a user’s ear, along with a charging case, as per 9to5Mac.

The in-house designed hardware is similar in concept to the Motorola Hint headset and Bragi’s new Dash and said to include a noise-cancelling microphone system. The accessory will be “a premium alternative” to a Lightning-enabled version of the EarPods headset that’s also in the works (EarPods are the wired in-ear headphones that came with your  iPhone).

Three days ago, Japanese blog Macotakara first reported on Apple’s plans to bundle the iPhone 7 with a wireless headset. The following day, Fast Company said Apple is working with a supplier on a new noise-canceling technology to be used both in the iPhone 7 and the new earphones to help remove background noise in music playback and in phone calls. Read More

 

Misfit debuts stylish new activity tracker and its first wireless in-ear headphones

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2016

Wearable devices maker Misfit at CES 2016 announced new products that build on its expertise in health and fitness tracking. A new activity tracker from the company, called the Ray, tracks your movement and sleep and resembles a bracelet with a cylindrical aluminum body.

Another new product from Misfit, a first for the company: the Specter in-ear wireless headphones with dual driver technology and a built-in accelerometer sensor for tracking your activity and sleep when worn. Read More

 

Apple allegedly plans to bundle iPhone 7 with wireless EarPods

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 5, 2016

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. Read More

 

House of Marley unveils inexpensive Rebel on-ear headphones that give Beats a run for its money

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

House of Marley, a music electronics brand deeply rooted in Bob Marley’s vision of consciousness, upliftment and change, today launched the Rebel, an inexpensive on-ear wireless headphones. Featuring power-efficient Bluetooth networking and priced at just $69.99, this headset is a viable option for those who can’t stand wires and value crisp sound and sustainable craftsmanship.

With up to eight hours of continuous play, courtesy of a built-in rechargeable battery, along with an integrated microphone, A2DP stereo profile and 40mm moving coil drivers, the Rebel is the perfect alternative to the much costlier Apple-owned Beats audio accessories. Read More

 

Rumor: iPhone 7 to lose 3.5mm headphone port in favor of Lightning port

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2015

Apple’s next iPhone will be so thin that the company has decided to ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone port for the first time since the iPhone’s 2007 inception, a reasonably accurate Japaese blog, Macotakara, reported Friday.

The move should help Apple’s engineers shave off another millimeter of thickness or so, reports the publication, adding that users will instead connect wireless headphones over Bluetooth or compatible wired headphones over the Lightning port. Read More

 
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