The new iPhone 7 will not include the traditional headphone port.
Apple said during the launching of iPhone 7 on 9th September that the new smartphone and future devices will play music using either its lightning connector or wireless headphones. In order to encourage the use of wireless headphones, the company has launched its own line referred to as Airpods.
The firm has taken quite a courageous step, one that some have frowned upon. It is either the introduction of a new era of smartphones or a venture into the unforeseen future.
This is quite a huge gamble. One of the biggest risks is that users who will require an adapter for existing headphones may get annoyed.
The multibillion company launched its latest handsets at an event in San Francisco following a year in which its phone sales and market share shrank.
Sony’s Walkman cassette players were instrumental in popularizing the 3.5mm headphone jack. But they were first introduced in 1964 in transistor radios made by the Japanese company.
Apple has always been on the forefront to ditch the connectors and other technologies that are ageing.
But it was not the first to do the shift in the case of wireless headphones.
“Lenovo’s Moto Z and select models from Chinese manufacturer LeEco have launched without the 3.5mm socket in 2016,” noted IHS’s Ian Fogg.
“These manufactures have had little adverse reaction, in part, because they sell many fewer smartphones than Apple.”
Apple has suggested that using the Airpods is advantageous and will cost the customers only £159.
It said that pairing the headphones with phones was much faster than the normal Bluetooth sets.
The Airpods also have infrared sensors that can detect when they are in the user’s ears. This makes them to immediately turn off the music when taken out.