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Apple to use Lightning port for earbuds and headphones?

0. phoneArena 05 Jun 2014, 17:21 posted on

Apple has made a small change to its MFi certification program, that will allow suppliers to produce headphones that connect to the Lightning connector instead of the 3.5mm headphone jack. To allow already released iDevices to support this, Apple will eventually pushout a firmware update that will allow those with a device running iOS 7.1 or higher, to use the Lightning connector for a headphone...

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posted on 05 Jun 2014, 17:28 6

1. Emmanuelz (Posts: 167; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


Revolutionary

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 20:59

29. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14309; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I agree

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 00:01

44. vincelongman (Posts: 4577; 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
http://blog.jdslabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/ODAC-USB-Hub.jpg
More info
http://blog.jdslabs.com/?p=838

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 01:13

48. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


to set your head on fire , short and boom

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 17:30 13

2. fzacek (Posts: 2486; 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....

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 17:41 3

5. HansGoneInsane (unregistered)


Itis their good right to do so.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 01:16

49. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


its international law all must have micro usb that's why they supply adapters with phones in east

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 01:29

53. Cicero (Posts: 892; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


EU law (development) will force all mobile devices to have the same standard port (microusb).

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 17:58 3

14. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2228; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


MicroUSB is trash.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 18:38 22

20. Jango_Fred (Posts: 58; Member since: 17 Dec 2008)


What is your scientific basis for this?

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 18:41 24

21. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1721; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


His basis is that since Apple does not use it, it must be trash.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 01:17 1

50. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


and he is a kid

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 22:33

39. vipervoid123 (Posts: 163; 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 ~

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 00:44

47. saiki4116 (Posts: 388; 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.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 21:33 2

31. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


It's the standard...

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 22:44

42. mrblah (Posts: 576; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


lol, the standard of for crap.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 20:59

27. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14309; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I can get a 30-pin cable for $5. Lightning cables are only $15.

Get over it.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 22:43 1

41. mrblah (Posts: 576; 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.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 22:54 2

43. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Strange,I have never broken mine. And calling the most widely used port in the world crap is bullcrap.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 17:35 1

3. gehrig (Posts: 301; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Coolio.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 17:40 1

4. karamelakimo (Posts: 109; 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

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 17:48

8. promise7 (Posts: 884; 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.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 17:45 2

6. Sauce (unregistered)


Why didn't you mention 48 kHz digital audio PA? Thats the main reason

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 18:19 5

16. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; 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

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 21:48 4

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.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 18:26 2

17. buccob (Posts: 2578; 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?

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 18:37

19. Sauce (unregistered)


I'm unfamiliar with that

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 18:42 3

22. av911 (Posts: 190; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Not surprised.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 19:32

24. Sauce (unregistered)


sauceFanboy spotted :D

You can email me at whotheFareyouinthisworld@takethetrollsbate.com

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 00:04

46. vincelongman (Posts: 4577; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


iPhones can't directly use USB DACs
You need a lightning to USB adaptor
Here's what I mean
http://blog.jdslabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/ODAC-USB-Hub.jpg
More info
http://blog.jdslabs.com/?p=838

Apple might be trying to make it so you can plug lightning straight into a USB DAC without an adaptor

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