Apple Prototyping Cord-Free Beats Headphones for iPhone 7

Citing anonymous sources, 9to5Mac reports that Apple is prototyping a new set of wireless headphones which could be launched alongside the iPhone 7 this fall. By the way, the premium accessory will allegedly be sold separately.


In line with previous reports claiming Apple will ditch the century-old 3.5 mm headphone jack, a wireless headset makes sense, and the sources cited by various reports, including Fast Company and now 9to5Mac, are pretty sure Apple will move forward with an all-in-one Lightning connector this fall for the iPhone 7.

The headphones are said to be similar to Motorola’s Hint headset, and will include a noise-cancelling microphone system allowing users to answer phone calls and enable Siri. 9to5Mac’s sources speculate that Apple’s new headset could have a control button for activating Siri and managing calls.

Also, the headphone prototype described by the sources doesn’t have ports for charging. Instead, it has a carrying case that doubles as a rechargeable battery which charges the headphones when they’re not in use. As for battery life, well, so far it looks as though it will last only 4 hours with a single charge.

The iPhone 7 will likely be launched this fall and feature wireless charging, a bigger battery, and an all-in-one Lightning port, but the sources say Apple is yet to decide the final design of the handset.

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  • Lakh Jhajj

    One part of me excited about the new iPhone with wireless charging and the other part worries that now we have to spend more money on adapters just to make today’s headsets to work with the new iPhone. I would love to see Apple finding a happy median so we can enjoy the new device without needing adaptors for 3.5 mm headsets. NOTE : I SIGNED THE PETITION

  • Lol

  • Ryan Peterson

    Awesome! I for one hate headphone cords. (and yes, I too have expensive corded Sennheiser’s) Apple forcing this will finally get all vendors on-board with improving build and sound quality of wireless headphones and open up peripherals to wireless charging.

  • I still got my fingers crossed for an Apple Noise cancellation feature that could possible come to life with the added options of using lightning connected headphones, similar to what Sony does with the Sony Xperia Z series.

    Apple-Silence. 😛

  • Nick

    I’m also against losing the headphone jack. As a professional musician there are plenty of times when I end up plugging my phone in to a mixing board to play something back. Without the headphone jack I wouldn’t be able to do that. The phone is thin enough – I always have to put it in a thicker otter box anyway so what’s the point in making it any thinner. The loss of the headphone jack would be a big enough inconvenience for me to warrant sticking with the iPhone 6 or switching to android.

  • fmgasparino

    Compromises are inevitable for technology innovation. I also don’t like the fact we may needs adapters here and there but really, devices are going wireless. EarPods is already useless with the watch and TV. The change will definitely help to push headphones to be wireless and more compatible with modern devices. This is a long-term decision that IMO will come if not with iPhone 7, over the next years. A great example of that is the lightening cable change. It was painful in the beginning, needed some adapters but after few years we are better off without the old 30-pin cable.

    The petition DOES NOT make sense to me, but I’m glad that Apple is very unlikely to listen for those initiatives.

    PS. Another possible reason for removing with the new phone is making it easier to be waterproof.

  • Shameer Mulji

    “the other part worries that now we have to spend more money on adapters just to make today’s headsets to work with the new iPhone.”

    I understand where you’re coming from but such is the nature transitions. Adaptors may not be the ideal solution but it’s better than providing no solution at all.

  • Jason Reid

    I’m kind of hoping the new headphones are like the Motorola Hints’. Only apple-ized.

  • xxxJDxxx

    An iPhone without the headphone jack will not be purchased by me. I love all things apple, but that is a deal breaker and a big enough deal to me to make me switch platforms.

  • Vikram662

    You’ll be back.

  • McHuman

    I will never ever buy a DVD player without a VHS player as well! What would I do with all these tapes??

  • einsteinbqat

    By the time I get to change my iPhone — my 5S is still working just fine, so not replacing it anytime soon —, RHA would have released a Lightning-base earphones, and I’ll just replace my current T10i with a newer version. No fuss. I am not listening to music from my iPhone when I am at home, work or charging it.

  • Mr Dog

    But if the phone was the same thickness as the otter box then the otter box would have to be even BIGGER.

    So a thinner phone will result in thinner otter box making the otter box more practical.

    Or is my physics wrong?

  • Beta Max!!

  • aOsTECH

    judging by the 3! microphones in one earpiece, they probably have noise cancelling in mind.

  • aOsTECH

    or buy the adapter and leave it connected to your mixing board