We haven't even reached the final quarter of 2016, but we can already give the infamous Lightning adapter for 3.5mm the “most unpopular accessory representative of a change that almost no one has asked for” of the year. Still, the pet is positively noticeable when it comes to its engineering and construction.
That's what was discovered when Vietnamese bloggers from the Tinhte.vn decided to take a copy of the accessory that, at $ 80 sold separately, is the cheapest piece of hardware you can buy from Apple and, quite brutally, with knives, solders and pliers, open the little piece to analyze how things happen. Things in there.
The discovery of the presence of a DAC was expected, but what we could not imagine was the elegance of Apple's solution: the tiny component, to the point that the connector design remained unchanged from a standard Lightning cable that does not have the same. converter within itself, good to emphasize.
The DAC has no marked manufacturer, only code 338S00140 / A0QK1623 / TW; Still, the component's producer is likely to be Cirrus Logic, a company cited for some time as Apple's partner in the 3.5mm output crusade. The code present on the chip that we talk about here even beats some products manufactured by Cirrus, which reinforces speculation.
The new Lightning-Connected EarPods were also unkindly exposed, and unsurprisingly, the same ACD and internal storage are present in the connector.
Just one question doesn't want to shut up, and it's about sound quality: We all know that the DAC on all iPhones up to 7 delivers quite acceptable audio fidelity for a mobile device. Will these new, tiny components, integrated into a $ 10 accessory instead of a $ 650 device, provide a similar experience?
Certainly something that, if confirmed, affects the ears of very few people among the owners of iPhones 7. Still, the question remains and we await the tests.
[via Cult of Mac]