My friends, my friends, each day solidifies more and more the certainty that Apple’s crusade for death of the traditional 3.5mm connector. It starts, of course, with the supposed “iPhone 7”, which will polish the connection in favor of a (still) more (unnecessarily?) Slender body and a digital audio connection, through the Lightning port.
Allow me a brief addendum: the The Verge yesterday published an article including a very interesting graph basically showing the lifetime of a series of technologies that started to disappear after Apple excluded them from its products. Very worth checking out. ?
Today’s news further confirms these rumors: Cirrus Logic, an Apple supplier, announced a new MFi Headset Development Kit (Made For iPhone), which aims to help manufacturers more quickly and safely develop audio accessories based on the Lightning connection. The kit includes a series of guidelines and references related to the design, functionality and features of these coming accessories, as well as possible iOS apps that accompany them.
The MFi Headset Development Kit demonstrates the advantages of devices with a Lightning connection over traditional analog headsets. For example, digital connection to a DAC and high-performance drivers provides high-fidelity audio to the headphones’ speakers. In addition, accessories connected by Lightning can interact with apps on iOS to create a personalized audio experience, with unique equalization settings, for example.
The kit can be obtained by all those enrolled in the MFi program.
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In line with the subject, emerged in the Weibo (Chinese Twitter – always him!) some renders of what may be the EarPods with Lightning that would accompany the infamous “iPhone 7”.
It is very likely that the designs are not true, especially considering the large size of the connector – yes, it could be a DAC suitable for the headphones, but in this case Apple would be basically killing the entire gigantic market for cases and covers for their phones. Anyway, you can have a good idea of what awaits us.
This, of course, if Apple follows this path. Other alternatives already speculated would be that the “iPhone 7” would come with the traditional 3.5mm EarPods, and an adapter; or the coolest, which speculates some “AirPods”, which would be totally wireless headphones in the Dash’s footprint MacMagazine On Air From this week).
What awaits us concrete, however, we are still a few good and long months to discover.
[via 9to5Mac, AppleInsider]