Apple to use Lightning port for earbuds and headphones?
The connection will also allow the headphone to include a microphone so that audio commands can be made. Using remote controls on the headphones, users will be able to raise or lower the volume, and launch specific apps like iTunes Radio.
The Lightning controls for your headphones could also save the cost of a battery for the headset since power is drawn from the device's internal battery. On the other hand, plugging into the Lightning port a headphone with a battery, or a headphone connected to an external power source, could allow you to listen to music while recharging your phone.
This all dovetails perfectly with Apple's recent purchase of Beats Audio. While some felt that the deal was being done just for Apple to get a hold of Beats Music, others believed from the start that the headphones were the key to the purchase. If Apple eliminates the earphone jack in lieu of the Lightning port, it could offer some enhanced audio quality and new features. While Apple is said to be working on earbuds that would connect to the Lightning port, and offer higher resolution audio with iOS 8, we could see Beats with a line of headphones that connect to the same jack and give iDevice users an extremely enhanced audio experience.
44. vincelongman (Posts: 1582; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
I don't think Apple are dropping the 3.5mm jack any time soon, since there's no point in a headphone using lightning, the audio quality would be the same since its would still be using the iPhone's DAC
From what I've read Apple doing to so you don't need need a lightning to USB adaptor to use an external DACs
Here's what I mean
48. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1140; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
to set your head on fire , short and boom
2. fzacek (Posts: 2094; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
I hate that Apple uses proprietary ports for all their products. They just don't want to conform to MicroUSB, because all they want is money, money, money, money....
49. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1140; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
its international law all must have micro usb that's why they supply adapters with phones in east
53. Cicero (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)
EU law (development) will force all mobile devices to have the same standard port (microusb).
21. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1643; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
His basis is that since Apple does not use it, it must be trash.
39. vipervoid123 (Posts: 135; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
Actually Lightning port is a lot faster than a normal microUSB port ~
Beside Lightning is Intel product not Apple ~
Just Apple use it for marketing ~
47. saiki4116 (Posts: 358; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
Wow..Thunderbolt(it is connected to PCIe and optical cable for more throughput) is Intel's one not Lightning port. Apple just want you to purchase their delicate accessories more and more, that's it nothing more.
27. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4018; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I can get a 30-pin cable for $5. Lightning cables are only $15.
Get over it.
41. mrblah (Posts: 528; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
wrong, because it is better and they don't settle for dog crap because its the only thing out like you do. micro usb is really junk, only fits one way? breaks easy? No thanks, keep that fail.
43. bbblader (Posts: 581; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Strange,I have never broken mine. And calling the most widely used port in the world crap is bullcrap.
4. karamelakimo (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 May 2014)
it's revolutinoary for sure but i don't like that , i think that will force ppl to buy headphones and earpuds specific for the new models
8. promise7 (Posts: 474; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
I'm sure there will be adaptars, still something a consumer will have to buy, but cheaper than buying new heaphones/earpods. Apple could also deside to include a adaptar during the transition like how they include a mini-display port to DVI adaptar when buying a Mac mini.
6. Sauce (unregistered)
Why didn't you mention 48 kHz digital audio PA? Thats the main reason
16. GreekGeek (Posts: 844; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)
oh yeah? like there's an audible difference between a 44 kHz vs 48kHz ?
There is a limit to what the human ear can hear kid
35. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)
While repoduction on a higher frequency spectrum 44.1 converting to 48 does nothing, 48khz also supports 24 bit amplitude level which IS audible and DOES make a difference. Also all hollywood movies/DVD's/Blue rays are 48khz, 24bit and the higher amplitude makes a difference. And I have an audio degree btw, I own a label... not making it up.
17. buccob (Posts: 1542; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Does anyone know how is this different from what an USB DAC enabled device like the Xperia Z2 can do?
19. Sauce (unregistered)
I'm unfamiliar with that
24. Sauce (unregistered)
sauceFanboy spotted :D
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46. vincelongman (Posts: 1582; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
iPhones can't directly use USB DACs
You need a lightning to USB adaptor
Here's what I mean
Apple might be trying to make it so you can plug lightning straight into a USB DAC without an adaptor
7. NexusX (Posts: 164; Member since: 16 May 2013)
next gen headphones would come with built-in memory card slot, extended batteries, qi charger, nfc chip, etc
9. NexusX (Posts: 164; Member since: 16 May 2013)
maybe vr headset like occulus rift would be compatible with the iPhones too
10. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
Apple is going to do more w/Beats than HTC..
40. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Obviously...Most overrated & overpriced tech maker meets Most overrated & overpriced earphone maker, the result is so obvious even iFans can see it.
11. MacWiNux (Posts: 73; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
its like going back to the days of feature phones every brand has its own earphone port
12. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1240; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
earbuds huh! thats when the beats headphones kick in..
13. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 426; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
Apple's earpods are the only product of theirs that I use, and I have a horrible habit of losing/breaking/ingesting/ hanging people with them so it'd definitely turn me away if I have to buy an adapter to use them in the future.
51. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1140; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
they keep falling out of my ears i use bose obly now beats 1 a week at home
15. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
How tight is the connection of the charging jack compared to the earphone jack? I thought one of the selling points of the connector was easy disconnect so nothing gets damaged. Could accidental unplugging happen frequently?
23. Zenzui (Posts: 88; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)
Damn another way for them to control the technology and milk the money out of it from consumer. I hope this plans has something worth gaining in the end vs the $$ tag they will introduce to it.
28. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6678; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Well this will make BEATS irrelevant. no more MICRO USB for BEATS
30. ZayZay (Posts: 565; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
Give me proprietary or give me death (or I guess just take my money for more proprietary headphones when mine break.)
Homie don't play that!
38. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
OMG, Is Apple seriously going to throw us back to the times of dumbphones where we had to use an adaptor to use 3.5 earphones? I was so happy at the start of the smartphone era when I could just plug my earphones straight into my phone without an adaptor.
Screw you Apple, seriously, why are you so determined to stop technological advancement???
45. dongk14 (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
I think what this does is allow for thinner devices. The current 3.5mm jack is nearly as thick as the iPod touch 5th gen, and with where Apple's devices are going in regards to thickness, it would seem logical to remove as many obstacles to reducing thickness as possible. This move also seems to shed light on what Apple could do with Beats headphones. Yes this may piss some people off, but for the other millions of uneducated masses, they'd probably be more than happy to buy them. I don't see how this could hinder technological advancement though.... I mean 3.5 headphone jacks have been around for quite some time......
52. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1140; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
next will be magnetic ear phone jack no more incert
54. alumoyo (Posts: 228; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)
That would be the dumbest most arrogant move they ever made! I'm a fan of Apple, but this??? I hope they will still offer 3.5mm - coz this kind of idiocy will sink them. I remember Sony Ericsson: their RIDICULOUS proprietary ports and overpriced M2 Memory cards - look how well THAT went!
55. majp89 (Posts: 104; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)
wat. you can't charge your phone and listen to music at the same time in that case if you're forced to use this port. nop.
56. alexboy20 (Posts: 18; Member since: 05 Apr 2014)
Wtf?!! Now I have to chose between listening to music on my earphones or charging my phone???!!! If they do this I might leave apple, yes I'm sure their will be a adapter to do both. But that's more money n more things in the way. They should leave the 3.5 mm hole n let people choose what they want to buy
57. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)
If Apple figures out how to make the lighting port water proof without a lid, the only remaining obstacle would be the 3.5mm jack, hence the changes. I use pro headphones, but not with my iphones. I the iPhone comes with supplied lighting ear buds and is water proof without a clumsy lid that will break off eventually and thus rending water resistance of the phone useless - this all eventually leads to a better product down the line.