New photos of what are claimed to be Apple’s next-generation EarPods all but confirm that its iPhone 7 series will ship without the beloved headphone jack.
The new EarPods, which surfaced on Chinese micro-blogging website Weibo, swap the 3.5mm jack we’ve been using for decades for a Lightning connector.
By now you’d be crazy to expect to see a headphone jack on the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. For months, the rumors have told us Apple is killing it, and those claims have been backed up by a growing list of leaks.
According to a recent report, Apple will ease the pain by bundling a headphone jack to Lightning adapter with every iPhone 7. Others have claimed it will give us wireless headphones free of charge.
But photos posted on Weibo suggest we’ll get the same EarPods we’re already used to, but with a Lightning connector.
This seems like the most obvious route for Apple to take, but we’re pretty skeptical the EarPods in this photo are genuine. The Lightning connector on these EarPods is rounded towards its base, whereas Apple’s connectors don’t currently look like that.
It’s certainly possible this is a new look, but with EarPod clones so easy to come by, it seems more likely that these are yet more clones.