Recent times have seen rumors about Apple headphones reach a notch higher with rumors related to the new Apple Beats and Lightning EarPods. Apple recently heat up the rumors after it acquired Apple Beats and Lightning module. In this post, we investigate the possibility of iPhone 7 buyers getting wireless headphones and the firm launching its own beats-branded Lightning headphones alongside the iPhone 7.
The headphone rumours
Different rumors have been popping up regarding the iPhone 7 launch but one thing was consistent; Apple will replace the traditional headphone jack with a wireless headphone.
This is quite sensible, considering that the company’s 2014 announcement that future iOS devices would be able to support Lightning-connected headphones. The benefit of such a decision is that Apple will get an opening to slim its iPhone 7 than any previous Apple smartphone. The decision forces the headphone to make two choices: go wireless or make Apple-specific Lightning models.
Having control on this connectivity technology may as well give Apple the power to enter into the competition and launch its own set of Lightning headphones using the Beats brand. And should the wireless headphones be bundled with the iPhone 7? We will be investigating these two options.
When will Apple release the headphones?
In the year 2014, Apple made an announcement at its WWDC event that iOS devices could now be connected via a Lightning port. This announcement was made just a few weeks after announcing its acquisition of Beats Audio.
It is believed that the decision to buy Beats was motivated by Beats Music – the music streaming service from the firm. But it is reasonable to have Beats launching the first Lightning-compatible headphones now that Apple owns it.
Bundle the wireless headphones with iPhone 7?
Whereas each person is making the assumption that Apple will bundle the wireless headphones with iPhone 7, this may not be the case. Business Insider analysts, Christopher Hemmelgarn and Blayne Curtis acquired a Barclays investors note that claimed the firm will ship iPhone 7 with Lightning-enabled EarPods. The note further explains that Apple is yet to get rights to the required Cirrus noise-cancelling technology.
The investors proceed to say in the note that they still believe there is potential for Apple to add ANC in the iPhone 7s but believe Apple is including just the digital headphone in the iPhone 7 this year.