How likely is it the iPhone 6 includes a special Beats chip inside?

How likely is it the iPhone 6 includes a special Beats chip inside?
Right off the bat, this rumor feels a bit more like wishful thinking than actuality. We heard yesterday that the iPhone 6 may feature a special Beats chip inside, although the functionality of said chip is less than exciting. The trouble is that the chip supposedly doesn't really have anything to do with improving audio quality on the hardware. Instead, the chip would be an authentication device to form a special "handshake" between the iPhone and Beats headphones through the Lightning connector.

There is no word on if the connection would lead to any new features, but as we said at the start, the rumor feels unlikely. The problem, as far as we see, is a simple matter of timing. The general idea is that the iPhone 6 will be announced next month and released in October, which would mean that mass production must be running full steam right now in order to meet the demand at launch. Apple's acquisition of Beats didn't finalize until last week. 

It just feels like there wasn't enough time for this to happen, if it requires hardware in the phone itself. If it could be done with software and the authentication chips already in Lightning connectors, we would be a bit more optimistic.

What do you guys think?

source: Venture Beat

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24 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They bought Beats for the music streaming feature.

4. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Not like they couldn't use beats for anythings else. Or wait maybe since they own them they can do whatever they like... Did you just post anything? Like the 1st nonsense to come up in your mind so you could be the 1st one to post.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

14. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Put foot in what? The whole thing is over your head. Good for you buddy I not going to even read it. Apple has not said they will or will not, or even why they bought beats. Just answered a few questions based off of speculation. All I've seen is speculation from journalist and so called "market experts" on why Apple bought beats. But, who cares! Apple can do whatever it wants with it. Lets say they did buy it for streaming music, which they probably did. They can still do whatever they want with beats. I don't get how you don't understand that. You're just that guy who got the "1st" post in. It's pretty sad dude. Do you just wait for PA to post some news so you can be one of the 1st posters?

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol is that what this rant's about, getting the first comment? I don't even care lol. I just happen to read the article while browsing PA. The point of that link was to show you that my comment was farfetched. I don't care if you read it or not. You just need to chill out and stop blowing a fuse for no reason.

7. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

They bought Beats for the name. There's absolutely nothing unique about Beats that you can't get elsewhere.

24. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

So the next iCrap is gonna be more pocket hungry than before.

2. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I'm not sure I understand the point of a "Beats chip" inside a phone. NFC can and should already be used for recognition and pairing. How would this chip be any different or better than NFC, and why is the Lightning connector involved?

3. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

that would be a waste of them adding it in if it just for a "special handshake" with the iPhone for the headphones when they can do bluetooth or the regular NFC unless it can do it to save battery space on turning on the NFC or bluetooth functions

5. palmguy

Posts: 978; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Apple integrates tech slowly. We'll see Beats in an iPhone or iPad sometime around 2017.

21. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Good, Apple's music chip is already the best (with HTC) so no need to change it to shi.tty beats.

6. baldilocks

Posts: 1493; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

They'd have to R&D for years before a newly acquired piece of tech would be allowed inside of one of their devices. Keep dreaming.

8. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Glorified EQ

9. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I'd love to see them add the extra radio in the phone so we can talk and browse Internet simultaneously just like on android phones for Verizon.

11. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Um, that's been around for a while.

13. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Not for Verizon and iPhone it hasn't

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's been around on AT&T and T-Mobile iirc.

17. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

That's true but I'm not on those carriers that's why I specifically called out Verizon.

12. TechDork

Posts: 402; Member since: May 10, 2010

SkullCandy >>>>> Beats.

18. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

An over rated phone with over rated chips! To me, apple going with beats has just made iphone tacky

19. avyfa

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Lol, beats doens't have chips, "Beats audio" is some kink of equalizer, Apple just bought brand.

22. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

How likely is it the iPhone 6 includes a special "Beats chip" inside?

20. TruthSpeaker unregistered

One incredibly vapid company bought another company of the same ilk. What's surprising (apart from the price of course)

23. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

exactly but i think its great for apples value of their image. (im not a fanboy believe it or not).

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