New photos show Apple EarPods with Lightning connector

New photos show Apple EarPods with Lightning connector
One of the more intriguing rumors of the year is the one that says Apple will remove the 3.5mm earphone jack on the Apple iPhone 7. By doing this, Apple could make the handset thinner, or have enough room for a higher capacity battery. Another possibility is that removing the earphone jack might make it easier to waterproof the device, as it would eliminate an opening that could direct water into the inside of the phone.

We have seen this rumor rejected, come back to life, rejected again, and repeated once more. Today, photographs have been discovered on China's Weibo mini-blogging site showing Apple's EarBuds with a Lightning connector instead of the 3.5mm jack. The images dovetail with a recent report that we passed along to you earlier this month, claiming that Apple will bundle a pair of these EarPods with the Apple iPhone 7. We would also expect to see them packed in the box with the Apple iPhone 7 Plus.

We still do not have any direct confirmation from Apple that the 3.5mm earphone jack will be removed on the Apple iPhone 7. In fact, images of some components allegedly earmarked for the phone, have shown the 3.5mm earphone port still alive and well. This is one rumor that might not be put to bed one way or the other until the September unveiling of the phone.


Thanks for the tip!

via iPhone7.nl (translated)

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40 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wait a minute...this doesn't make sense. If this turns out to be real, that means that you can't charge your phone at the same time. One or the other sounds really silly, because I know several people who charge their phone and have a conversation around the charger. I know you can use bluetooth but aside from that...

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Probably why they are putting the smart connector on the back. With that said, you can still talk on the phone while it's charging. You just can't talk via headphones unless they are wireless. It won't be that big a deal.

14. TBomb

Posts: 1484; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

If the smart connector would be for charging... then what is the point of creating a whole new type of headphone tip? Yes, the lightning adapter is thinner than 3.5mm... but how thin are they REALLY going to make phones in the near future to where dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack the rest of the world uses is going to matter??

20. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Easier waterproofing I guess, sony sure can stillake waterproof phones with the headphone jack, but extra work needs to be done. I think Apple is doing it just to make life easier for themselves. Another reason could be because of money, every company making a pair of lightning earphones would have to give them loyalty. It could also be to save space but the iPhone is already pretty large for its screen size, so this doesn't really make sense.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The S6 is thinner than the present iPhone and it has a headphone jack. They maybe can make it 1MM or 2. But the camera modules probably won't allow much, or they will have a more bulging camera.

36. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Maybe it's not about "thinness"? By using one connector in place of two you save some valuable internal space, we all know these phones are crammed to the brim inside so saving a couple of cm³ probably helps a fair bit, especially since we don't know what Apple are actually putting inside yet... This takes up a fair amount of room -http://media.idownloadblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/iPhone-6s-headphone-jack.jpeg I'm not saying it's a good decision, just that there's probably more to the choice than shaving 0.1mm off the thickness.

6. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

10. Unordinary unregistered

Like holding a fatass wireless charging brick to your ear on the phone. I've seen it happen before lol

37. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

Wireless Charging?

40. PhoneFixer unregistered

Pathetic

2. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 930; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Looks fake.

11. Unordinary unregistered

Very fake

28. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Extremely and is FAKE!!!

3. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

The lightning connector pictured looks very long and awkward for daily use. I would throw these right in the garbage if I was unfortunate enough to receive an iPhone 7.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Last time I checked you don't "receive" anything as an adult. You buy it with money. Plus, look at the cord. Does that dirty thing look like something Apple would sanction?

8. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

True and seeing as I wouldn't, that would be a grave mistake on another individual's part. For the record - imo most adults buy Androids unless they have children or like them (eg- Michael Jackson).

9. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

You sound like quite the intellectual.

12. Unordinary unregistered

I thought "most adults" buy iPhones. This community is just like Hilary Clintons views lmao, changing every day.

16. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Well, stats shows iPhones users are normally more educated. I would think mostly adults are buying iPhones. Not sure why that is?

22. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

She's a crook like Tim Cook aka crook lol ... Best post +100

23. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Tim crook

13. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Hmmmm.....I don't recall claiming to care what platform most people choose. But since you've brought it to light (with an insult in I'll taste mind you) income plays a large factor in the purchasing of non essential goods. I won't delve too deeply into it (for obvious reasons) but the income gap between the two platform sits at around $20,000 dollars annually. It basically comes down to Android being the cheaper option for many working class individuals and their families. I don't know how many times I have to say this, but more doesn't always email better. All those users, and 95% of the profits goes to one company that doesn't even product Android handsets (I.e. Apple). I actually feel sorry for those poor OEMs who have users bragging about their products....but never actually buy anything :D.

15. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

*with an insult in poor taste mind you* *equal*

17. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

So if I buy a $700 HTC, my income must annualy be $20000 lower than someone who buys a $500 SE? That is just stupid.

18. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You clearly don't understand what "average" means. Either that, or your completely delusional as to why people buy Android phones in mass. Look at the countries where the iPhone prospers. Affluent nations like America, Japan, and European nations. Now look at where Android sells most of its handsets. China, India, and other nations where the average income sit below $10,000. You know what I think is stupid? Answer #1: Not reading the comment fully and jumping conclusions. Answer #2: Thinking one's own financial/mental/physical/emotional situation is the same as hundreds of millions of consumers. It's like pulling teeth with some of you people :D.

19. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I don't know what crawled into your hole but "the income gap between the two platform sits at around $20,000 dollars annually." And again, Apple isn't the largest seller in affluent nations either. It sells 70 million phones worldwide. Samsung sells 70 million S and Notes only. The reason of the larger profit for Apple is the dirt cheap chinese manufacturers they employ as well as minimal R&D (for the iPhone at least). Plus they actually profit much over the iTunes sales associated with those phones. Get off you knees and look closely at Tim Cook smiling behind you. f**kin iFag..

21. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Typical :D. Here I was expecting some sort of intelligence from you. How disappointing. A) The income refers to the median salary of both platforms users. B) First off....how would you know how many units the S and Note series sell.... Samsung doesn't publish any of those numbers. So either your a spy, or you pulled all of that right out of your ass lol. C) I don't think you've notice this, but your fabled Note series is produced within the same environment...... and so does pretty much every other OEM's flagship for that manner. D) Apple spends over a billion dollars in R&D and that number has been growing steadily the last three years. E) iTunes has absolutely nothing to do with this at all. I'm not even sure you actually know how software revenue classification works at this point. F) Real mature there champ. Way to make yourself look like a troglodyte because someone made you feel inadequate. The "iFag" was a nice touch :D. Did you come up with that yourself, or did your live-in boyfriend help you out?

30. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Maybe Tim helped him out.

32. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lol thanks. That gave me a real laugh :D.

25. MANOFSTEEL

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

Dude shut up and go to sleep you just been served

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