Apple has got mixed views for its alleged move to ditch the headphone jack in iPhone 7 this year. What’s even worse is that the upcoming iPhone model will become totally confined to lightning connector.
That’s not all, reports indicate that Apple might be working on a wireless version of Airpods that will be launched later this year. But like most Apple products, these will be priced on the higher side.
So, if having to use a separate charger for iPhone wasn’t enough, from now on the same headache will have to be borne for headphones as well.
The report highlights that Apple’s preference for longer battery life, and better connectivity stance will force them to look beyond Bluetooth for the wireless earpods. This ensures that Apple remains loyal to its closed-ecosystem model.
It would also be fair to say that most people might end up buying the wireless earpods, which forces us to question Apple’s move to come with lightning connector earpods in the first place.
Samsung already has one, with the IconX. (Photo: The Quint)
Apple will likely have its own-designed Bluetooth-like communication chip and launch own-brand Bluetooth headphones targeting the high-end market, with Beats positioned in the mid-range market,
Make the Change, Apple
Apple moving in with wireless audio accessory will go a long way in helping the industry to standardise its demand. This invariably will end up bringing down the cost of making quality wireless earphones in the near future.
The timing of Apple working on wireless earpods could end up ruining the company’s prospect of rolling out the other variant of earpods. People would ideally wait to see what Apple has to offer with its so-called wireless earpods. The pricing is yet to be seen.