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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

iPhone 7 - No standard earphones??



If you are like me, an audiophile, there is nothing better than pumping that beautiful music into your eardrums via the most beautifully, most comfortable earphones that come in my iPhone case.  If that's you too, you may be in for a surprise during the coming iteration of the popular device.

Yes, 3D Touch is nice, 4K video recording is amazing, and LivePhotos are the bomb, but the new device will NOT come with the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.  That's right, no headphone jack to plug in all of those sets of earphones you have at home.  In fact, there is word that smart headphones are in the making for the popular handset.  In fact, these headphones may make use of the technology of the digital connection the Lightning port makes available.  The new smart-earphones, for instance will be able to interact with apps.  Will they have temperature sensors to add to the health app?  Will they be able to adjust automatically, using smart "listening" technology?  Will they be programmable to lower when you are in an office environment?  Well, patents have been filed by Apple that suggest that auto-volume is in the works for consumers that purchase their next iPhone.

Whatever the case, it is more likely that you will loose non-wired (OK, wireless) headphones.  Also, with non-standard 3.5mm jacks, Apple can make the new earphones proprietary.  How, however, will Apple allow users to utilize their new headphones with their old devices?  Will you need to carry two pairs of earphones?  Only time will tell.  Keep it tuned in here and check back for the latest.

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