Rumor: Fully-functional Lightning-enabled EarPods may have been leaked

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Date: Monday, August 8th, 2016, 08:18
Category: Accessory, Hardware, iPhone, Lightning, Rumor


These may be the real McCoy where the long-fabled Lightning-enabled EarPods are concerned. After a series of fakes were found online, MobileFun posted a video of a working pair of Lightning EarPods, and the overall look of the accessory appears more in line with Apple’s design than any of the previous leaks.

The structure features a clean, white design alongside left and right markers on each earpiece, in-line volume and play/pause controls. Interestingly, the in-line controls are placed farther down on the EarPods, directly below the right/left split in the cable design. If real, this would mark a design change from the current generation, which places the volume rocker along the right cable, above the bifurcation in the cord.

The most notable part is the addition of the Lightning plug on the EarPods, which lends credence to the idea that the 3.5 mm headphone jack will be removed from the next-gen iPhone. The plug on the Lightning-enabled EarPods appears slightly bigger than Apple’s traditional Lightning adapters thanks to the inclusion of a digital-to-analog converter needed for music playback and not just straightforward charging.

In the video, the EarPods are proven to be completely functional through the playing of a few songs as well as using the in-line controls to play, pause, and skip some tracks. MobileFun concluded to its viewers, “as you can see, these are fully working, they aren’t just a mock-up of what you might receive,” believing that the working headphones will be what Apple sells alongside the new generation of iPhone in September.

An assortment of rumors have surrounded the proposed removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack over the past several month, with one of the most prevailing alternatives centering around a Lightning to 3.5 mm dongle that the company could potentially bundle into the box of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to cushion the transition for customers. More recently, it was reported that Apple could be working on completely wireless “AirPods” as an option for iPhone users, allowing simultaneous iPhone charging and headphone music playback, which is one of the most commonly occurring grievances surrounding the loss of the 3.5 mm headphone jack.

No one quite knows what’s on the horizon, but stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via MacRumors and MobileFun

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