A new image circulating online, purporting to be insert documentation for the upcoming iPhone 7, appears to confirm that Apple will be bundling Lightning EarPods as part of its next-gen handsets.
Check it out below.
In another piece of evidence that Apple is throwing out the 3.5mm headphone jack, the documentation also notes that the forthcoming iPhones will ship with a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter: giving users the chance to use their existing EarPods with the iPhone 7, as opposed to having to immediately make the switch.
Provided that this is true, it suggests that — while Apple is going ahead with its replacement of the 3.5mm headphone jack — it has at least listened to the concerns of users. Earlier this year, 303,343 people put their name to a petition imploring Apple to not get rid of the headphone jack.
Apple, of course, has a long history of ditching peripherals (and the headphone jack lasted a lot longer than most), and there was always little chance the company would listen to a relatively small number of customers when it comes to the future direction of the iPhone line.
Then again, with surveys suggesting lukewarm anticipation for the upcoming iPhone 7 and falling iPhone demand, maybe an accountant somewhere in Cupertino figured the extra cost of bundling an adapter with the iPhone 7 was money well spent.