The first full week of 2016 was full of surprises. Here’s a look back at the week that was:
The biggest story of the week: The end of the headphone jack
It seems increasingly likely that the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack is going away on the next iPhone. Fast Company is the latest publication to report that the “iPhone 7″ will be considerably thinner thanks to the removal of the jack.
How will we listen to music on the next iPhone? With headphones that use Apple’s Lightning connector instead of a standard jack. Or with next-generation wireless headphones. It’s that second option where Apple seems focused.
On Friday, 9to5Mac reported that Cupertino is developing a pair of Beats-branded wireless earphones that could be introduced right along with the iPhone 7 this fall.
Its expected that the in-development accessory will include a noise-cancelling microphone system, enabling phone calls and communication with Siri even without Apples prior in-line microphone and remote. In order to fit inside of the users ear, Apple will likely develop different sized ear sleeves for the hardware, similar to the approach used by Motorola and Bragi. Bragis headphones include a built-in button to answer calls, so Apples could have a control for managing calls and activating Siri.
The headphones will be a high-end alternative to any new EarPods included with the new iPhone. That means they will be sold separately.