Apple reportedly working on wireless earphones for use with jack-less iPhone

New earphones to be offered as alternative to standard EarPods, as rumours swirl that iPhone 7 will not feature a headphone port

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Apple reportedly working on wireless earphones for use with jack-less iPhone The standard EarPods (pictured) are expected to connect with the iPhone 7 via the device's Lightning port
By  Tom Paye Published  January 11, 2016

Apple is reportedly developing a new set of Bluetooth-enabled wireless headphones, as it apparently gears up to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack on its upcoming iPhone.

The rumours that Apple is looking to ditch the headphone port on what is assumed to be the iPhone 7 came to a head this week after a report in the usually reliable 9to5mac surfaced claiming that Cupertino is working on a set of wireless earphones.

COMMENT: No, Apple is not about to make every set of earphones on Earth useless

The Apple rumours site added that its sources had confirmed that the next iPhone will not feature a headphone port, as the company looks to create even thinner devices.

The report also noted that Apple has already registered the ‘AirPods' trademark, and that the new earphones could be added to the company's line-up of accessories. iPhones currently come bundled with a set of EarPods - standard earphones that are connected to the device through the 3.5mm headphone jack.

However, the report added that Apple is unlikely to include wireless earphones with its new iPhone, and that AirPods - if that's what they will be called - will be offered as a premium alternative to the standard earphones. It is thought that the standard earphones will simply connect to the iPhone via the device's Lightning port, which is used for charging.

COMMENT: No, Apple is not about to make every set of earphones on Earth useless

The development of the new earphones is thought to be using talent and resources acquired by Apple when it purchased headphone maker Beats Electronics in 2014.

Beats already sells Bluetooth-enabled wireless headphones, however 9to5mac's sources said that Apple's AirPods would not feature ports for charging, unlike the Beats wireless headphones. The report speculated that the earphones would be charged wirelessly, as well as come with a carrying case that could double as a rechargeable battery.

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