Whispers have been going around that Apple will be bringing headphones to next generation, leaving the 3.5mm headphone jack. It seems the rumours have some truth to it – Apple will adopting lightning for higher-quality audio.
A few weeks ago, the American company publishes the ‘Made for iPhone’ guidelines to introduce lightning headphones to iOS devices. Don’t worry, it’s not dangerous in any way or form. Apple’s Made for iPhone (MFi) program will allow OEMs to make headphones that use the lightning port instead of the standard headphone jack.
The fantastic Apple headphones will be able of receiving lossless stereo 48 kHz digital audio output from Apple devices and sending mono 48 kHz digital audio output. It comes with microphone functionality, remote controls and developers will be able to code apps to launch when the headphones are connected. The Apple’s lightning port can also transfer power the same way it does while charging an iPhone. This means it could draw from a reserve of power in your headphones so that your headphones charge on the go. A feature like this is exactly what we hip trendy individuals who love music need. These headphones may actually allow for music on the go all the time.
There are some downfalls to this accessory however. The headphones will be distinct to the iPhone and will not be able to be used on other smartphones. Users will have to buy another pair of standard headphones for all their other devices. Worst of all, it might not even work on a MacBook if Apple does not plan to add lightning port to the next generation of OSX computers. A special adapter could be made and sold but this will have to break the budget if it is done.
According to reports, there will be two types of these headphones. The ‘standard’ version will use a digital-to-analog converter while the ‘advanced’ headphones will have additional digital signal processor and ‘digital audio processing features like active noise cancellation’. The use of the lightning port for the headphones will be allowed once the latest iOS 7.1 update is installed.
While the headphones sound amazing though expensive, Apple has yet to confirm any of the details. Until then, the Apple headphones will stay as rumours.