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  • iPhone 7 Rumored to Launch with 3.5mm EarPods and a Lightning Adapter
    One of the more consistent rumors, despite seeing some pushback recently, is that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of going with the Lightning port, or Bluetooth, for headphones.


    Now, according to a new report from Mac Otakara, and citing sources the publication spoke with at this yearís Computex Taipei, there might be a few key changes in place. First, the report does echo previous rumors, saying that Apple will indeed drop the 3.5mm headphone jack in its future iPhone models. However, Apple will apparently not be including Lightning-equipped EarPods in the box.

    Instead, the sources say Apple will have 3.5mm EarPods in the box, and include a Lightning adapter to connect them to the phone:

    ďAt Computex Taipei 2016, many manufacturers showcased their new Lightning audio adaptors, and it seems there has been rumors that the headphones to be included with the new iPhone 7 series will still come with its own headphone jack as usual, and that a Lightning headphone jack adaptor will also be included in the package.Ē
    As it stands, this is the first time that something like this has been suggested. Leading up to this report, the rumors have gone with Apple including Lightning headphones right out of the box, but also pushing truly wireless headphones as a separate purchase, which would connect to the new iPhones via Bluetooth.

    Itís certainly an interesting rumor, especially in light of more recent suggestions that Apple wonít drop the 3.5mm headphone jack at all. Could this be an indication that the 3.5mm headphone jack is here to stay, or do you think Apple would actually include an adapter? Or is the likely outcome that Apple will include Lightning headphones?

    [via Mac Otakara]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 7 Rumored to Launch with 3.5mm EarPods and a Lightning Adapter started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. djampb's Avatar
      djampb -
      I give this idea 4 thumbs down!
    1. systememp's Avatar
      systememp -
      Lightning headphones? Those do not sound wireless. Those sound like a way for certain headphones to only fit on Apple products.
    1. kelkel5313's Avatar
      kelkel5313 -
      Seems like Apple gonna shut itself from the world
    1. jabregousmc's Avatar
      jabregousmc -
      Quote Originally Posted by systememp View Post
      Lightning headphones? Those do not sound wireless. Those sound like a way for certain headphones to only fit on Apple products.
      It doesn't say lightning headphones, it says they will ship with the usual 3.5mm headphones and a 3.5mm to lightning adapter so you can continue using standard wired headphones...or get with the times and get Bluetooth headphones
    1. hopethemodworx's Avatar
      hopethemodworx -
      Another garbage Apple feature no one needs. How about they make phones more water resistant or make the apple watch 2 water proof. I bet there's a lot of people who won't buy one because they wear an old fashioned watch everyday and never take it off. I'm one of them...
    1. RyoSaeba's Avatar
      RyoSaeba -
      Quote Originally Posted by jabregousmc View Post
      It doesn't say lightning headphones, it says they will ship with the usual 3.5mm headphones and a 3.5mm to lightning adapter so you can continue using standard wired headphones...or get with the times and get Bluetooth headphones
      Unfortunately, bluetooth has not caught up with the times yet. Until they transmit a pure digital uncompressed signal where the decoding happens after transmission, the quality will still be crap compare to a wired headset. And it is actually something anyone can tell, not just audiophiles.

      Also, the power to produce great sound will be handed over to the headset itself. The main problem with this is the amplifier. The smaller the headset, the smaller the amplifier and battery. More power is needed to better amplifier good sound, especially deep bass. Your phone has a great amplifier with a huge battery to support it. A tiny headset, not so much.

      If you have zero care about sound quality and simply want to hear something with a headset, then I guess it'll work. But if you care at all about music, then bluetooth has a long ways to go.

      Oh and it's another thing to remember to charge.
    1. jabregousmc's Avatar
      jabregousmc -
      So the tiny headphones that all phones come with sound better than a good pair of Bluetooth headphones? Hmm.
    1. RyoSaeba's Avatar
      RyoSaeba -
      Quote Originally Posted by jabregousmc View Post
      So the tiny headphones that all phones come with sound better than a good pair of Bluetooth headphones? Hmm.
      Yup. The earpods are actually really good if you can get a good seal. I have to use 2 foam covers on each to get them to fit but they sound really clear in all frequencies with decent bass. Mids are clear and highs are clear as well.

      Bluetooth is just like a better version of FM radio. Sure you can get decent bass easily (if the built-in amp is powerful enough) but it's the mids and highs that will clearly be different vs a wired headset.

      Of course, you have to begin with a good wired headset as well. Those $4.99 buds at Walmart ain't gonna cut it.
    1. jabregousmc's Avatar
      jabregousmc -
      Sending my Apple Music through Bluetooth to my truck sounds better than most people's aftermarket stuff, and most Bluetooth headphones that I've used all sound pretty good. I've owned and used multiple kinds and brands since at least 2007-2008, starting with the old Motorola ones that went behind the head. I used those for the gym all the time and even those sounded great. Either people are being too picky about wired vs wireless or just being plain cheap.

      Edit: and agreed cheap $5 ear buds are not going to sound good
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RyoSaeba View Post
      Unfortunately, bluetooth has not caught up with the times yet. Until they transmit a pure digital uncompressed signal where the decoding happens after transmission, the quality will still be crap compare to a wired headset. And it is actually something anyone can tell, not just audiophiles.

      Also, the power to produce great sound will be handed over to the headset itself. The main problem with this is the amplifier. The smaller the headset, the smaller the amplifier and battery. More power is needed to better amplifier good sound, especially deep bass. Your phone has a great amplifier with a huge battery to support it. A tiny headset, not so much.

      If you have zero care about sound quality and simply want to hear something with a headset, then I guess it'll work. But if you care at all about music, then bluetooth has a long ways to go.

      Oh and it's another thing to remember to charge.
      Bluetooth in my car with THX II sounds awesome.
    1. RyoSaeba's Avatar
      RyoSaeba -
      You all don't have to take my word for it. There are literally hundreds of reviews online on headsets from $20 to $300 all say Bluetooth is good, but still not better then wired.

      You can do a lot with post processing to mask the lack of original quality, but for some, that makes it sound too unnatural.

      And of course, personal expectations come into play as well. I expect high clarity from my music. And bluetooth (even the newest v4) just doesn't cut it for me. In the car, probably ok because the road noise will mask some clarity from the music anyway.