It’s clear that Apple is trying to push us toward wireless headphones, such as its new $159 AirPods. And for months people have been speculating that Apple would offer headphones that use the Lightning cable as one solution to the iPhone-without-a-headphone-jack problem. This is only slightly more useful than the one port on the phone.
The earphones are meant to give up to five hours of play time before recharging, which occurs in a purpose-designed white wireless docking case. This year, Apple has two models, so if you get the one for ATT and T-Mobile, it won’t work later on Sprint or Verizon.
However, Apple has ensured that there are a significant number of people looking forward to the new devices, and not for the older ones.
The new-generation iPhones and a second-generation Apple Watch unveiled at the event boast the ability to get wet without getting ruined.
Apple introduced AirPods, its new wireless headphones, at a launch event on September 7 in San Francisco. Dongle features include compatibility with both the Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone jack adapter and Lightning Audio headphones; it has pass-through charging up to 12W, and supports up to 48kHz 24-bit audio output. But leave it to Apple – which bought top headphone brand Beats in 2014 for $3 billion – to go the extra mile to make its new AirPods the flawless show pony for our cable-free future. But they’ll be easier to pair than most Bluetooth headphones.
But gone is the traditional headphone jack, requiring audio to be delivered via Apple’s proprietary “lightning” connector or by wireless – and that may irk iPhone users with a fondness for wired headsets. Apple has promised that the battery life of the new iPhone devices is going to be better than the previous devices. The new iPhone is IP-67 proof-rated waterproof and dustproof.