New video shows Apple's upcoming Lightning to 3.5mm adaptor for iPhone 7
Back in 2013, Apple acquired a start-up firm named Passif Semiconductor which developed low-power Bluetooth chips. Quoting a source, Forbes says that Apple could have launched Passif's wireless Bluetooth earbuds last year but hesitated as there some existing issues with Bluetooth performance. Given that Apple is doing away with 3.5mm headphone jacks, it is possible that iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets will instead ship with wireless Bluetooth earbuds which are ready for commercial usage.
Even though wireless earphones powered by Bluetooth chips are being widely used, they suffer from low battery lives and power consumption, thus draining battery lives of companion smartphones as well. With Passif's Bluetooth chip technologies, Apple's upcoming wireless earbuds will probably feature battery lives that will be long enough to enable regular day-to-day usage.
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According to 9to5Mac, 'Apple is prototyping a completely new set of Bluetooth earphones with the potential of launching the accessory alongside the iPhone 7 this fall.' The website adds that the earphones will be wireless and may launch with controls to communicate with Siri, feature noise-cancellation and let users make calls with voice commands. Apple has reportedly trademarked its upcoming earbuds as 'AirPods.'
However, it still isn't clear if Apple will ship the AirPods in-the-box with iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets or if it will sell them separately as company-branded accessories. A mock up video which recently surfaced on the web showed a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter that Apple may ship with iPhone 7 to let users connect their existing earphones with Lightning Ports. Even though this sounds like a cheaper alternative, if Apple does ship wireless Bluetooth earbuds in-the-box at no extra cost, sales of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus may hit record highs just like the iPhone 6 did two years ago.