Sketchy Photos Show Off Lightning-Enabled EarPods for iPhone 7

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A new image found on microblogging service Weibo shows off what Lightning adaptor EarPods might look like if Apple launches the iPhone 7 without a 3.5mm headphone jack, which has been gaining traction since it was first rumored last November.

    The images, discovered by (Google Translate), are almost certainly a knockoff due to a disproportionate Lightning plug that appears far wider than the thin adaptors currently bundled in with products like the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock.


    Otherwise, the EarPods appear largely similar to the model sold by Apple today, with the same slim, rubbery white cable and inline volume control, the latter component of which appears to be somewhat warped in the first image posted on Weibo. Despite the slim chance that these are official Apple EarPods, it's an interesting glimpse into what the long-rumored Lightning headphone adapters could look like come September.

    Rumors about the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack began late last year, and have since coalesced into reports that its omission will in fact be the focus of the iPhone 7, which could help make the 2016 iPhone up to 1mm thinner than the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

    The expected shift into a Lightning port-only future for iPhones would require users to either use Apple's first party Lightning EarPods, carry an adapter dongle to use traditional 3.5mm headphones, or make an early switch to a wireless, Bluetooth option with the added worry of battery life.

    Article Link: Sketchy Photos Show Off Lightning-Enabled EarPods for iPhone 7
  2. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
  3. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    I still don't think this is the way Apple will go..
    It's going to be all about the wireless.
    Wireless ear/headphones.. wireless charging..

    Whether they will still include (wireless) earphones in the box with the iPhone is a different matter.
  4. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    I mean they will have to put the DAC somewhere, right?
  5. eternlgladiator macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2010
    Twin Cities
    So somebody made a crappy lightning connected pair earpods? This was inevitable with all the rumors swirling but why does such an obvious fake even get attention.
  6. m.x macrumors regular


    Oct 12, 2014
    "Oh great, they said at the Keynote that this will make the sound quality outstanding, and it's true on my iPhone 7! Now let's try them with my 12" MacBook"
    "Oh wait"
    "Hmm, I need an adapter..."
  7. Adithya007 macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2015
  8. rizzo41999 macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2009
    That looks like the Amazon Basics lightning charging cable
  9. 2457248 Suspended

    Apr 4, 2016
    i hope they will sell them in 10pcs bundle pack, since i will be breaking those connectors like breathing.
  10. dschulian macrumors regular


    Apr 29, 2015
    Wow and I thought that it's just me. The whole form factor is completely wrong compared to other lightning chargers
  11. lra108 macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2013
  12. scottishwildcat macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    Not necessarily. The phone already has its own DAC, so provided the lightning port can send out an audio signal -- and nobody seems quite sure whether it does today or not, but even if it doesn't, Apple could easily make it do so -- the headphones wouldn't need their own.
  13. 6836838 Suspended

    Jul 18, 2011
    No one wants to charge headphone. This isn't the way to go!
  14. Mascots macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
    If it doesn't have a headphone jack, all I ask for is headphones that come with an adaptor.
  15. Supacon macrumors member


    Jul 7, 2011
    If this is what the actual plug of Lightning EarPods ends up looking like, that will be very unpleasant to use and try to fit in a pocket. That plug is pretty large.
  16. 2457244 macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2015
    Does MacRumors really post everything today that involves the word iPhone 7?
  17. 6836838 Suspended

    Jul 18, 2011
    Cable too think. It's a modified charging cable.
  18. scottishwildcat macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    Wireless charging offers literally no benefit to most users until wireless charging pads are ubiquitous, and they certainly don't offer any manufacturing benefit to Apple, as it means cramming in even more hardware that's essentially redundant as people wouldn't want a phone that only charged wirelessly. So I can't see them doing that anytime soon.
  19. rp2011, Jun 29, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2016

    rp2011 macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2010
    Real or not, I can't help but laugh at the tech blog echo chamber decrying the removal of the 3.5 jack. This tells you the level of intelligence driving tech blogs. ...They all know each other, get chummy at events and all think what they say matters.
    Nilay Patel being the main doofus on this one.
    And they can't even adequately explain their gripe. Especially when not even knowing what Apples solution is. It's all just based on conjeture right now.

    They are building a pre-emtive click bait of "outrage"

    "How dare they!!"

    Truth is, as long as the new phone has a pair of earphones, no one is going to give a rats ass.

    And if you are in the hyper minority of .01 percent of the population who owns a pair of $500 dollar headphones to listen to music on a smartphone, then you have other issues and the money for an adopter.
    Most people will lose or break their EarPods and just go to the corner store and pay $15 bucks for a new pair without any of the manufactured angst of the click-bait morons who run tech blogs. (Nilay Patel)
  20. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    It has to have some size as it probably contains the DAC and AMP unless both are up in the ear portion(s) of the headphones themselves (something very unlikely in buds). Some rumors imply controls will be built into this part as well. In short, it seems unlikely that the Lightning end will be equivalent in smallish size to the 3.5mm to which we are accustomed. Why? Mostly because it is likely to have other stuff within that is not necessary with 3.5mm.
  21. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    Yeah, but most implementations I have seen put it in the volume control. To put it in the connector makes it ugly and unApple.
  22. soupcan macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2014
    So instead of a DAC and map inside the phone you put one in the base of the Lightning connector, just outside the phone...

    Wait, no, now you'll have 2 DACs and 2 amps, since the phone itself still has speakers which needs their own DAC and amp.

    "Digital audio" does not make sense in the slightest. Audio is and always will be an analog thing. You still need a DAC and amp somewhere to convert the digital signal into an analog one for the drivers themselves to use. There's no benefit to consumers whatsoever, and it only forces people into buying proprietary stuff that works just on iPhones.
  23. Mac Fly (film), Jun 29, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2016

    Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
    I like them and would be happy if Apple's looked like this. I find it a better design to include the DAC in the lighting end (makes them stronger) than by bulking up the inline controls further.

    The design of these in-ear Brightech's for example chooses instead to enlarge the inline controls to much less success IMO:

  24. kanselmo macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2010
    I'd strongly prefer a design like this one over the fake one in the article, actually.

  25. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    Amazing that I just said the opposite two post earlier. I guess it's a matter of preference. I actually like your pictured example. Flat cable, nice color and controls that work for my fat hands. :)

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