Apple Inc. has been rumored to be ditching the 3.5 mm headphone jack in the upcoming iPhone 7, and now there are reports the firm is working on a new set of wireless earbuds. Chances are there will be a lot of similarity between the wireless earbuds and the Moto Hint, which looks like the combination of a headset and a hearing aid, says Mark Gurman of 9to5 Mac.
Wireless earbuds similar to Moto Hint
Apple’s wireless ear-buds will come with a built-in noise cancelling microphone system to support phone calls and Siri commands. It is going to be completely wireless, suggesting there will be no wire connecting the right ear-bud and the left ear-bud. Apple plans of selling the ear-buds separately from the iPhone 7 device.
Gurman expects the new wireless ear-buds to have built-in buttons for call management and for activating Siri. The new wireless buds could possibly have a few ear gel options – similar to the Moto Hint – to fit comfortably inside the ear. There will not be any ports on the new wireless ear-buds for charging, but it could come with a carrying case to charge it up.
In May 2014, Apple Inc. acquired Beats for $3bn, a brand known for premium wireless headphones. Apple plans of making use of some of the resources from the Beats deal for the new wireless buds.
Last year, a firm called Entertainment In Flight LLC filed a trademark for ‘Airpods’. In October, MacRumors suggested that Entertainment In Flight is a shell firm Apple created with the purpose of keeping the name of the future product a secret. This suggests that the firm could name the new earbuds as ‘Airpods’.
Apple users oppose the idea
This idea of Apple Inc. ditching the standard 3.5 mm headphone jack in the upcoming iPhone 7 is already being opposed by several current iPhone users, who have come up with an online petition titled “Apple is ditching the standard headphone jack to screw consumers and the planet.” The petition has already got the support of many people.
The primary concern of the petition is that the loss of the jack will render most of the currently existing earphones, headsets and accessories useless. Though the concern is understandable, but according to a SMH report there are flaws in its logic.
If the rumors are true, then this means the users will need to connect headphones via Bluetooth or the Lightening port of the phone. The current iPhone already offers both the options, but the 3.5 mm jack is the most used even now.
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