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

Bars_12

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will the upcoming new apple lightning headphones be backward compatible with iphone 5/5c/5s/6/6s/5se?
 

shftoptk

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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.
 

C DM

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will the upcoming new apple lightning headphones be backward compatible with iphone 5/5c/5s/6/6s/5se?
It doesn't seem like anyone would know what a supposed product might potentially support or not support.
 
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T'hain Esh Kelch

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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.
 

Cwolk

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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.
 

Aditya_S

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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.
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.
 

blackboxxx

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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.
Heart rate sensor built into lightning headphones would be a good addition to HealthKit ecosystem.
 

kyykesko

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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?
 
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