A photo of a pair of headphones reputedly designed for Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 7 have appeared on Chinese social media, adding heft to rumours that Apple is set to get rid of the standard 3.5mm headphone slot in its new smartphone.
The remodelled EarPods have a special connector at the bottom designed to slot into the iPhone 7’s Lightning port, which is currently solely used for charging the iPhone's battery.
While some previous leaks related to the iPhone 7's headphone have proven to be fake, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Apple will get rid of the universal headphone port on its new iPhone. Recent chassis leaks have all-but confirmed this.
Plugging in headphones via the Lightning port could make the iPhone 7 a lot thinner than its predecessors.
But it will also mean users will require an adaptor to use their own headphones or will have to shell out for new ones altogether. This has already resulted in a consumer petition to persuade Apple to change its plans.
Concerns have also been raised that ditching the 3.5mm jack could lead to a resurgence in music with Digital Rights Management (DRM).
Some fear that Apple could force users to only listen to Apple Music tracks via its Lightning connected headphones and other products, making it inaccessible to those that don’t own the correct earbuds.
The iPhone 7 is set to launch in September.
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