Apple lightning headphones to work with iphone 5-6s?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Bars_12, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. Bars_12 macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2016
    will the upcoming new apple lightning headphones be backward compatible with iphone 5/5c/5s/6/6s/5se?
  2. shftoptk macrumors member


    Feb 25, 2016
    We can only guess right now. And I think it's safe to say Apple will stop selling their current earpods and replace them with lightning based ones. So yes, they will work on all devices with a lightning port. It would make absolutely no sense for apple to limit their own product to the 7 only. And on the technical side of it, lightning headphones are already purchasable, so there is no reason for apple's or any others to not to work on older devices.
  3. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    It doesn't seem like anyone would know what a supposed product might potentially support or not support.
  4. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    1. No one would know until they are announced.
    2. We don't even know if there will be lightning-only headphones from now on.
    3. Highly likely, since you can already buy lightning headphones that have worked since iOS8 on all lightning capable iPhones.
  5. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    There are lightning headphones on the market now that work with current hardware. I have zero reason to believe that this wouldn't be the case with something new Apple releases. I doubt they'd make a remove the 3.5mm jack and then go as far as to make the headphones unusable on other iOS devices you might own.
  6. Cwolk macrumors regular


    Jun 3, 2015
    NJ, USA
    Lightning headphones work with lightning ports, so there is no good reason they wouldn't work with the 5-6s. The only plausible possibility is if Apple makes them incompatible on purpose to promote the 7.
  7. Aditya_S macrumors 6502

    Jan 25, 2016
    I think they will make it work with the 5-6s, but there may be a really small chance that they include a feature on the headphones that only works with the 7.
  8. blackboxxx macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2008
    Heart rate sensor built into lightning headphones would be a good addition to HealthKit ecosystem.
  9. kyykesko macrumors 6502


    Nov 11, 2015
    I just wish they would come up with a Lightning II port that's not downwards compatible with the current lightning port and use that for all communication in the iPhone 7. The optimal version would look very much like some existing connector but would fry the phone if you plugged in the wrong cable. Of course you'd be able to buy a dongle to convert Lightning II to the current lightning for a measly $79.

    Whether lightning headphones work or not - who cares? Who's actually buying headphones with a proprietary connector that can't be used with any other device? People who only own an iPhone?

Share This Page