Lightning Headphones Powered?
Will Apple’s first Beats Headphones be Lightning Powered?
The number of rumours about Apple’s new headphones have really been ramping up recently. So we’ve gone out to find all of these rumours for you – including those about Lightning Ear-Pods and the new Apple Beats headphones.
At WWDC 2014 in June, Apple revealed that headphones will be able to connect to iOS devices via the Lightning port. For this announcement to be sent out mere weeks after Apple confirmed that it has bought Beats Audio is significant, as it suggests that the first Beats headphones Apple will release will use the Lightening port instead of the 3.5mm audio jack.
Until this announcement, it was assumed that Apple’s acquisition of Beats was largely focused on incorporating Beats Music – the company’s music streaming service – into iTunes. However, it does make sense for the company to use Beats to launch Lightning-compatible headphones now that it is owned by Apple.
The exact date these new headphones will be released is unknown, but it seems likely to coincide with the release of iOS 8 this Autumn, along with the iPhone 6 and the apparent (but still just rumoured) release of the iPhone Air.
What’s the Point of Lightning Headphones?
Robert Walsh, Apple’s manager of platform accessories, explained that there are many advantages of the Lightning connector over the more usual 3.5mm audio jack.
He assured users that it will offer richer controls for playback and volume, increase the bandwidth, and has a host of other advantages. He told developers: “If your headphones support, for example, noise cancellation, you can offer an app on your device which communicates with your headphones and controls how it operates.”
Tying in with rumours that Apple may be planning to offer lossless music downloads through iTunes with the release of iTunes 12, it was revealed that the new Beats headphones will be capable of receiving lossless stereo 48kHz audio output from Apple devices.
Better battery Life
The Lightning module will also reduce the need for batteries for the headphones, as it will be able to provide power to the headphones, or vice versa.
Slimer iPhone Design
The other possibility that the loss of the 3.5mm audio jack allows is a redesign of future iPhones, making them thinner. The audio jack is one of the thickest parts of the iPhone 5S, and so losing it will allow Apple to alter the design. Alternatively, losing the 3.5mm audio jack will leave space for a larger battery – a fact which Apple’s fans are sure to appreciate.
About the Author. M Noman (Headphones-Earphones UK) is a ecommerce audio acoustic specialist, and this articles / product description is linked to his Google+ profile.
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