As you have probably already heard, the rumor mill has been churning out leaks that Apple will be ditching the 3.5 mm headphone jack that we have come to love and replacing it with, well nothing. Instead we may see the necessity of Lightning Headphones or headphones that are connected to a lightning cable either directly or through a lightning adapter. The inclusion of the standard Apple EarPods with a lightning cable or a lightning adapter / connector for standard 3.5 mm headphones is still up in the air. The video below however might show lightning enabled Apple EarPods.
Are these the iPhone 7 EarPods that will be shipped out with the new iPhones and iPads in the next coming months? It appears in this video, originally posted by EverythingApplesPro, that these EarPods connect to the iPhone through the lightning port and provide the standard headphone controls. The authenticity of this video, however, cannot be confirmed and we’ll have to wait till Apple releases the iPhone 7 to truly know whether lightning headphones like these EarPods will be included in the box, or whether lightning EarPods will be sold separately.
With all of the doom and gloom surrounding the removal of the 3.5 mm port for lightning headphones, Apple might have a small trick up their sleeve. According to reports from Deutsche Bank and BGR, Apple will be shipping a 3.5mm to Lightning adapter or dongle so that users can still use their traditional headphones with their new iPhone 7, without having to purchase a new set of Lightning port headphones.
If this is the case, it would be a smart move by Apple to ensure a smoother transition to making the 3.5 mm port obsolete and would allow buyers to purchase Lightning port headphones in due time, without the need to scramble to find a way to listen to their music.
All of this is still speculation and we won’t know for sure what is included until Apple’s release of the iPhone 7 in the Fall of 2016. What is certain, however, is the fact that the lightning port is here to stay and won’t be going anywhere any time soon.