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Apple prepping wireless earbuds under the Beats name?

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Apple prepping wireless earbuds under the Beats name?
If you've been following all of the current rumors about the Apple iPhone 7, you know that it seems quite possible that the handset will not come with a 3.5mm earphone jack. So what can you do if you want some privacy while listening to some tunes, or streaming audio? For one thing, there are already a few headsets announced that connect to the phone's Lightning port. The Lighting port has been available for headphone connections since 2014.

Apple is also believed to be working on another solution. A report published today states that the company is developing a set of wireless earbuds that will be produced under the Beats name. The accessory is expected to be offered alongside the Apple iPhone 7 and the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, and could launch this fall. The earbuds will be completely free of wires, even between the left and right ear pieces. The product could be called Apple AirPods, a name that Apple has already registered.

Speculation has Apple including a noise-cancelling microphone system with the earbuds, which would allow the user to communicate with Siri and make and take phone calls. The earbuds could charge when placed in their carrying case. Despite what appears to be a simple way to keep the earbuds powered up all day, today's report says that Apple might delay the release of the accessory in order to deal with battery issues.

By removing the 3.5mm earphone jack, Apple hopes to make the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus waterproof. The move could also lead to a thinner design and allow for the placement inside the phones of a larger capacity battery.

source: 9to5Mac

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posted on 08 Jan 2016, 16:58 5

1. Doakie (Posts: 2107; Member since: 06 May 2009)


That wasn't very hard to see coming.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 17:00 1

3. magnanimus (Posts: 542; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Yup. I really wish Apple doesn't make this move. I don't use Apple products except in iPod touch but this decision will have an effect on the whole market

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 21:15

31. nctx77 (Posts: 2095; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


The fact that you use an iPod means you use Apple products. You sir is a sheep. Jus kidding :)

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 19:12

65. techperson211 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Either way, even if they continue with it. Brand loyalty is strong in fruity. Close ecosystem and now jailed ecosystem.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 17:34 5

10. Planterz (Posts: 2103; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


It was always pretty obvious what they're doing by eliminating the headphone jack. They'd come out with their own headphones (and promote existing ones), their own adapters, and reap the royalties on certified 3rd party junk.

Meanwhile where I work the stereo in the back is an old dual tape deck with no audio input, so we use a tape adapter.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 21:20

32. nctx77 (Posts: 2095; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


But if you use non Apple products, why is this a problem? Apple has done this before with disc drives, etc. they are just bold enough to to push tech forward. They will still have a wired connection. It's just that the 3.5mm jack is out dated and doesn't provide high quality sound. The Lightning port does along with USB. I just wish Apple would change the port to USB-C. Now that we can be pissed off at Apple for.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 22:59 1

39. Planterz (Posts: 2103; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


It's a problem because, as others have said, and for better or for worse. Apple can set trends. And this is a bad trend to set. I'm not particularly worried about that happening with Samsung and LG and other Android OEMs though. If Apple follows through with this BS, the other companies will simply use it as a selling point that their products still have a headphone jack. But no doubt some companies will follow Apple's suit.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 23:32

40. Diezparda (Posts: 874; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


I have the same opinion, what troubling me of course is they power to affect the industries as they are well known of mobile trendsetter.

I'm using both Android and Apple, what good about Android is they have less restriction like smartwatch for example... Some of Android smartwatch might support iOS as well so it's convenient if u use both platform. How if you like iWatch and u are using Android phone?

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 05:35 1

53. Switch00 (Posts: 482; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Batteries will last 30 minutes... but dont worry... thats more than enough for 7-8 tracks on moderate volume. And dont forget. Keep charger and electricity socket in your pocket.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 16:58 1

2. magnanimus (Posts: 542; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Apple might try to bundle the iPhone 7 with wireless headphones to make people overlook the removal of the 3.5mm jack with a cool factor and history has proven the masses will buy anything with the cool factor.

Apple is gonna mess with the balance of the market if they do this. All other manufacturers will follow suit after a while. At least introduce another audio standard instead of scrapping it all together. One more thing to charge in addition to the plethora of things I already charge isn't too appealing

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 17:03 6

4. belovedson (Posts: 998; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


All Other manufacturers will not follow suit and if I were a betting man i would bet your life savings.

Apple has a bottom line and it's just another method to extract more dollars from apple consumers.

Maybe just maybe Apple has discovered a way to replace the headphone jack with something revolutionary that is comparable. I don't see this happening, however, Apple does have a history of highlighting innovation that they themselves have little part in producing but marketing as something they created.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 17:20 1

5. magnanimus (Posts: 542; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


If Apple ends up profiting from the removal, other manufacturers are sure to follow suit under the falsity that it's step forward in technology. They succeeded with the removal of the SD card and battery and other manufacturers even Samsung have started following suit.

It would make more sense if the available technology they intend to replace it with (I'm assuming Bluetooth and some lightning port headphones) are matured enough (long lasting battery life, superior audio quality, universal) but they simply aren't and its just a money grabbing technique

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 17:24 1

7. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14191; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


"They succeeded with the removal of the SD card and battery and other manufacturers even Samsung have started following suit."

Actually you're wrong. No Apple device has had SD card support and a removable battery. Google actually started it with the SD card thing before they brought it back in MM.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 21:24

33. nctx77 (Posts: 2095; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


My dude, SD cards were in phones way before Google Android phones lol! My Palm Treo is in my drawer right now with a 2 GB SD card.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 19:24 2

25. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2146; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


You're talking about sd removal and non replaceable battery as if it's a good thing. Plus other oems had propriety headphone jack before the iPhone even existed --> isn't Apple following their suit?

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:43

74. belovedson (Posts: 998; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


bluetooth has a long ways to go to catch up. lightning ports will not make headphones sound any clearer.

in fact 3.5mm headphones jacks had produced enough quality headphones that can produce sounds far beyond the human ability to hear. why change this apple? i have no idea.

i really dont know what your trying to say. but please do some research. apple has no desire to reproduce superior audio quality. in fact their os limits their own hardware for the sake of better battery life. this has been proven.

speaking of battery life. despite apples effort to conserve battery life in a consistent thinner and thinner platform.

apple iphones has a combination of poor battery life (screen on time) combined with inferior battery charging technology. along with tiny screens and lesser than retina screens

honestly based on their past, they simply want to slim the device down further while opening the market and forcing its customers to purchase more useless and inferior technology like bluetooth headphones for the sake of streamlining, marketing, and general cleanliness and 'cool' appeal (cordless tech)

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 17:22

6. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14191; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Apple popularized the fingerprint scanner.

Other OEMs followed suit. Cough Samsung cough.

Apple popularized mobile payments by getting other places onboard that weren't on it before. Granted, Google Wallet was around first, but not too many places supported it and it really started to die out before Google resurrected it to Android Pay. Wonder where they got that idea from.

Apple started the whole OEM store thing. Soon after Samsung started following suit with a store within a store courtesy of Best Buy. Then Google followed suit and lol Motorola is trying the same thing in Chicago.

It can be argued that Apple started the whole fast charging thing even though they never really advertised it. It took my old 5S to get about 60% within about 30-40 minutes.

Don't sit here and try to discredit some of the things Apple has done.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 17:31 17

8. Planterz (Posts: 2103; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


It's not "fast charging" to charge a puny 1570mAH battery quickly.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 17:50 7

16. meanestgenius (Posts: 12970; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Apple popularized the fingerprint scanner on a MOBILE PHONE, they didn't popularize "the fingerprint scanner". Fingerprint scanners have been around since forever.

Apple popularized mobile payments in the U.S. The U.S. is not the rest of the world. BBM money was out a year before Apple Pay was. They started it in Indonesia and it was (and still is) hugely popular.

Nokia had an OEM store in Moscow in 2005. They had two stores in the U.S. in Chicago and New York in 2006. Those stores predate the launch of the very first iPhone by at least a year, and predates Apples first store by much longer.

No, it can't be argued that Apple started the whole "fast charging" thing. No iPhone to date supports fast charging.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 18:21 1

17. Ninetysix (Posts: 2460; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


First Apple store opened in 2001. Try again.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 18:52 6

19. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2146; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


First Sony store opened in 1946, name changed to Sony after ten years.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 19:08 1

21. Ninetysix (Posts: 2460; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Who??

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 19:16 4

23. Mr.Z. (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 08 Jan 2016)


Sony

Steve loved Sony, he even admitted that he stole designs from Sony. Look at the VaioZ series.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 19:28 2

26. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2146; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Not Apple.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 19:13

22. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Thanks for the random fact. I don't know what I would have done today without you telling me!

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 19:31 6

27. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2146; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I wasn't telling you, I was telling the two people up there who think their favourite company invented the oem store.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 19:56

29. Ninetysix (Posts: 2460; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


What did they sell? Gas masks?

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 20:00 3

30. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2146; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


That time, one of the things they've sold weretape recorders. *goes to sleep*

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 00:25 3

41. meanestgenius (Posts: 12970; Member since: 28 May 2014)


But it had no mobile phones. Mxy is discussing Apple as an OEM for smartphones. If we are going by what you're referring to, there were other OEM stores long before Apple existed, as XperiaFanZone pointed out.

Thanks for playing the game, better luck next time.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 02:03

45. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14191; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You got pwned. Take your lumps like a man.

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