Video Purports To Show Apple’s New Lightning-Enabled EarPods For iPhone 7
Yet another next-generation iPhone leak has made its way into the public domain, adding more fuel to the fire that has been suggesting that Apple’s upcoming iPhone will ship without the iconic 3.5mm headphone jack.
This latest video showcasing these Lightning-enabled EarPods appears to have been leaked via Chinese parts suppliers, brings into question the legitimacy of yesterday’s video showing a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter by demonstrating a set of Lightning terminated EarPods in operation.
At this stage in the speculation process, it’s entirely unknown how Apple will proceed from an audio accessory perspective with the new iPhone. Speculation and component leaks to date have already floated the idea of the iPhone 7 – or iPhone 6SE depending on who you believe – shipping with either a set of Lightning-enabled EarPods, a pair of Bluetooth-compatible “AirPods“, or, as yesterday’s video leak suggested, a proprietary adapter that would simply allow Apple’s existing EarPods to be used in a new iPhone via the Lightning port.
Today’s leak seems to suggest that the former of those options will be the most likely to come to fruition by showing off a fairly standard looking set of Apple EarPods, but that terminate with a Lightning connector rather than the standard 3.5mm audio jack. Other than the existence of the Lightning port on the end of the cable, the EarPods shown off in the video look to be virtually identical to the existing audio accessory that was packed in the box of the current flagship, the iPhone 6s.
The video also shows off the functioning remote/mic interfacing with a YouTube video being played on the connected iPhone. We can see the play/pause and volume up/down buttons working correctly, but whether the mic works or not remains to be seen.
Of course, as we have seen with previous leaks, and this one is no different, there’s nothing in the video to suggest that this is an official Apple product that will make its way into the box of the upcoming iPhone. Other than the fact that the accessory shown shares a common design with existing Apple EarPods, there’s no official insignia or anything else to suggest that these have been pulled directly from Apple’s supply chain.
The interesting part of this is that it’s pretty much guaranteed that the new iPhone will ship without a 3.5mm headphone jack, meaning that Apple will need to offer a new solution to the personal audio problem. One of the floated solutions is undoubtedly Apple’s chosen option, but which one will it be?