Is this our first glimpse of Apple’s Lightning EarPods?


iPhone 6 headphone jack
Wave goodbye to EarPods that connect to the headphone jack.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

There are plenty of rumors that Apple plans to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack connector for the iPhone 7 — and now we’ve got our first (possible) photo of the company’s next-gen EarPods, complete with Lightning connector.

The picture first appeared on Chinese social network Weibo over the weekend. Check it out below.

I wonder if Lightning EarPods will be any easier to untangle?
I wonder if Lightning EarPods will be any easier to untangle?
Photo: Weibo

Rumors that Apple would ditch the headphone jack for its next-gen iPhone popped up online late last year. The reports were seemingly bolstered soon after when Apple started selling $800 Audeze EL-8 Titanium headphones, complete with Lightning connector, at its online Apple Store and select brick-and-mortar retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada.

Other leaks appear to back up the story, too — with an alleged iPhone 7 video last week seeming to confirm that Apple will kill the headphone jack and also add stereo speakers to the bottom of its iPhone 7 handset.

Of course, while the Weibo picture looks legit enough, it could easily be faked.

Still, it seems like more and more “evidence” is adding up to the conclusion that fans of the headphone jack may be in for a rude awakening this September.

Do you think this photo is legitimate, and would you be in favor of Apple dropping the 3.5mm jack? Leave your comments below.


  • anasazi4st

    The question is: will a much cheaper but still serviceable version of these new Lightning Earphones be packaged with the new device, as the earbuds have always been? I can’t imagine that Apple would not provide some sort of private listening device–i.e., earbuds–with whatever product features this new innovation.

  • Monksterd

    It’s been said before, Apple loves to take away features that were once thought to be crucial. Think optical drives and Ethernet ports. Disruptive tech is what keeps it all fresh.

  • Chad

    I always have trouble keeping the lightning connector charging if i move my phone. Headphones seem like a nightmare. No thank you apple.

  • tipoo2

    I hope they take the chance to update the sound of the Earpods as well. They’re actually not bad anymore tonally, nothing is hugely off. Where they could use improvements is the vaseline filter over everything, that for instance makes it hard to pick a singer out of a choir.

  • Kendall Tawes

    If this port sacrifice is just in the name of thinnest then why do we need it? Frankly at this point I think it’s getting silly. I already find the phone too thin to be comfortable in my hand for long periods and I don’t much care for the protruding camera but now an I/O I use daily is going away and the only replacement is proprietary I/O that has to be licensed, bluetooth which has nowhere near the fidelity yet, or an adapter. So I now will have to carry an adapter all the time to use their phone with every pair of headphones I own, Square Readers, as well as to the speakers I plug my phone into regularly. I dealt with this before and I didn’t like carrying an adapter with the original iPhone (recessed headphone jack) and I will not like it if I buy a new iPhone.

  • Sam E

    Pretty sure the picture is fake. Lightning is a digital connection and it doesn’t look like there’s any place for a DAC (Digital-to-Analog converter) on the headphones, which would be required to play sound.