Apple AirPods may feature proprietary "Bluetooth-like" wireless

Apple AirPods may feature proprietary
So, we've been wondering what Apple's plans are for the tech to replace the standard 3.5mm headphone jack that is expected to be removed from the newest iPhone being announced tomorrow. For a wired option, the assumption is Lightning headphones which could allow better audio because of the power supplied (though does risk DRM issues), or a wireless option.

There have been rumors before that Apple might release its own wireless earbuds and Apple has filed a trademark on the name "AirPods" for that accessory, but now long-time Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is claiming that those wireless AirPods will not use standard Bluetooth. Instead, Kuo claims Apple will use a proprietary "Bluetooth-like" low-powered wireless communication spec and position the Apple wireless earbuds as the high-end option, while Beats will be the mid-tier option. 

The idea that Apple would use a proprietary communication spec rather than the Bluetooth standard wouldn't be much of a surprise, because Apple has had a historical aversion to industry-wide standards. But, Kuo says Apple would also use their proprietary standard for smart home accessory communication and not just accessories like wireless earbuds. 

Now, given that Apple would be positioning the AirPods as the high-end option, Kuo notes that it is very unlikely that they would be packaged with the new iPhone despite the latest rumors. So don't expect that tomorrow. 

source: AppleInsider

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23 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Called it, I knew these wouldn't be packaged with the new iPhone but sold as an accessory at a high price instead, Apple is so predictable right lol.

4. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

NO manufacturer would give a pair of Bluetooth earbuds in the box with their flagship. That would be like Samsung giving their Gear IconX with the Note7. Never.

10. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

But no other major OEM is getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack

15. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Motorola did and shipped a USB-C headphone jack dongle. I would hope Apple does the same for the jackless iPhone 7.

20. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Motorola, no headphone jack, adapter in box. Yeah, because until Apple needs to give gifts, they won't. Samsung needs to give gifts to attract iOS users.

14. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Oh and did I mention Samsung giving away free Gear VR, or a Gear Fit, or a 256GB micro sd card, or an S2, etc... when buying one of their flagship phones?

21. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Why not? it's not like they have to be super good bluetooth earbuds. Most OEMs already ship crap earbuds anyway and Apple's earpods are perhaps the worse. If you ask me, the more an OEM charges for their device the better the free stuff they ship with it should be, Apple aparently thanks the opposite. Let me ask you something, hypothetically of course. if you were torn between getting an S7,G5, or HTC 10, (some people acually are) if the G5 offered a high quality case,screen protector and earbuds out of the box would that sway your decision? It wouldn't sway mine but it would make me think twice and i'm am just one person, there would be people who chose the G5 just for the good free stuff out of the box. IRL LG is acually the worse of the bunch because they offer nothing free out of the box, well aside from a charger lol. My point being, some people might not be so upset about losing the headphone jack if Apple gave them free high quality wireless earbuds out of the box, some of the people who deiced to skip the iP7 and get something else because of the missing jack might have changed their minds. Of course Apple isn't worried about sells, they only care about how much money they make per sell so they would never do such a thing. Damn this post is long, don't even say anything if you read this TechieXP1969 lol

2. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Terrible! Android users like me sometimes use Earpods too. If "proprietary wireless" is Apple's next clever invention after removal of the headphone jack, I hope they keep that new phone one step ahead and include a "proprietary exploding battery" as well.

3. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

I wouldn't buy these. I hate the way EarPods fit in my ears. Lots of other people hate how it fits too.

5. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

True, but they're 100 times better than the old earphones that came with iPhones.

6. Fona13A unregistered

Lol proprietary, Apple just needs to ditch that garbage, but given their mindset hell will freeze over.

11. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I've got a great idea and solution. We could just be reasonable people and stop buying their products until they make them the way they should be made.

7. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Last thing we need is another thing that's proprietary.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

I think it sucks big time that Apple would remove the 3.5mm headphone jack and not provide a wireless solution that comes with the new iPhones for free. Very typical of Apple to do this. I really hope this isn't true, but knowing Apple, it's very true.

9. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

So Apple is going to copy bluetooth protocols, rename it something apple-y, then proceed to sue Samsung for having bluetooth on their phones. I give it an 80% chance that Apple will try and get another $1+billion for a mostly copied/stolen technology.

12. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Bluetooth audio isn't good compared to wired audio anyway...if apple improves bluetooth audio quality with their custom spec and bring it on par with wired audio...then it's fine with me.

18. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

I disagree. Bluetooth audio can be on par or sometimes better than wired audio. It just depends on the pair of headphones. Ex. the monster elements or 24k

22. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Don't worry as Apple will claim is revolutionary and 10x better than bluetooth audio even if it's barely equal to it.

13. Deelron

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 22, 2016

Its possible that it's either actually proprietary (which won't matter since it's not going to be in place of Bluetooth given its uses, they're not going to break compatibility with cars for example) or it's just a draft spec of a future iteration (which wouldn't be the first time, plus it's not like they're not involved with evolving the standard). Need for rage score 1/10 (10/10 if for some actually daft reason the phone didn't also work with Bluetooth).

16. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 291; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

jove39 actually Sony has wireless headphones that actually sounds great. :)

17. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

If history repeats itself, Apple is going to make the public think that they are the first to innovate/introduce wireless ear phones!

19. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

No, that's just a really old "joke" to get attention by trolls.

23. AlbertAribe

Posts: 168; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

I'm ready for this iPhone 7. It's time to upgrade my iPhone 6

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