We’ve already reported that the next Apple iPhone will likely do away with the standard 3.5mm headphone port, and now, we’ve caught wind of more details regarding the device’s wire free future.
Wireless ear pods will be bundled with the new phones, and they’re expected to deliver a hi-resolution audio experience (though their previous earbud attempts suggest it will be anything but…). Combined with their Apple Music service, Apple is doubling down on audio and sound technology.
Sources have also confirmed that wireless charging will finally be making its way into the iPhone 7. As expected, Apple’s wireless charger will not be included with the phone, requiring a separate purchase.
As far as we can tell, the lightning port will remain a part of the iPhone’s design, so car chargers and headphones aren’t completely out of the picture just yet. However, the proprietary jack will still require the purchase of proprietary headphones and that just means another purchase and more dollars in Apple’s pocket.
As of this past December, iPhones held approximately 46% of the smartphone market. That means, whether you like it or not, that Apple has a lot of control over audio technology and how people access their music on the go. If more manufacturers transition to lightning port-capable headphones, it could potentially cause Android to make the shift, as well. However with so many technologies still using standard 3.5mm headphone jacks (like basically everything else), that future isn’t a strong likelihood.
H/T The Rem