Don't Buy Lightning Headphones

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by MICHAELSD, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040

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    In well under a decade the many expensive, audiophile-grade Lightning headphones will become obsolete when Apple switches over to wireless charging and forgoes the Lightning port altogether. While this is partly speculation at this point, do you really want to risk purchasing headphones that could be entirely useless as soon as the next iPhone model is released? Either go wireless or wait for better wireless solutions to be released.
     
  2. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    decent headphones come with removable cords. yiu can't really predict wireless connections but it will take a while before it will replace the cord.
     
  3. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

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    i'd recommend usb-c at this point with an adapter.
     
  4. MICHAELSD thread starter macrumors 68040

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    All I can predict with complete confidence is that at some point there will be no wired connectors on the iPhone. Whether that's next year or next decade I couldn't tell you for sure.
     
  5. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    everything will be obsolete at some time so it is kind of pointless to wait till then.
     
  6. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

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    1. They're not going to release lightning headphones and then eliminate the jack 12 months later. Count on lightning to be present for at least 3 years minimum. Even after wireless charging, it'll stay as the accessory port.

    2. Who makes accessory decisions with years or decades in mind? I don't expect any of my gadgets to work in a decade, much less accessories for them. Headphones are a 2 to 4 year lifespan product (if one is a heavy user). But even if less, it's not that expensive to replace later.
     
  7. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    This. Manufacturers will be equally as short sighted if they make fixed-cable headphones for every different type of connection.

    The most future proof headphones are going to be BT with a detachable cable. If you can find a pair that sound good with both connections with the other features desired, then that's the pair to buy.
     

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