Apple to use Lightning port for earbuds and headphones?

Apple to use Lightning port for earbuds and headphones?
Apple has made a small change to its MFi certification program, that will allow suppliers to produce headphones that connect to iOS devices using 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 connect a headphone to the Lightning port.

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.

source: 9to5Mac



1. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013


29. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree

44. vincelongman

Posts: 5694; Member since: Feb 10, 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 More info

48. engineer-1701d unregistered

to set your head on fire , short and boom

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 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....

5. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Itis their good right to do so.

49. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

53. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

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

14. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

MicroUSB is trash.

20. Jango_Fred

Posts: 58; Member since: Dec 17, 2008

What is your scientific basis for this?

21. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

50. engineer-1701d unregistered

and he is a kid

39. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 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: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

31. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

It's the standard...

42. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

lol, the standard of for crap.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

41. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 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: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

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

3. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014


4. karamelakimo

Posts: 109; Member since: May 26, 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: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 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: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 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: May 28, 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: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 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

22. av911 unregistered

Not surprised.

24. Sauce unregistered

sauceFanboy spotted :D You can email me at

46. vincelongman

Posts: 5694; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

iPhones can't directly use USB DACs You need a lightning to USB adaptor Here's what I mean More info Apple might be trying to make it so you can plug lightning straight into a USB DAC without an adaptor

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