According to a report from Japanese website Mac Otakara, Apple plans to bundle a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter with its standard EarPod headphones alongside the iPhone 7 when it ships this fall.
The rumour comes from Chinese accessory vendors marketing Lightning auto adapters at Computex Taipei 2016. While not specifically mentioned in the report, the inclusion of a Lightning adapter suggests that the company will be phasing out the 3.5mm headphone jack.
By including a pair of regular EarPods with an adapter, Apple would offer the option of using its included headphones with iPhone and other audio sources. The strategy might also result in cost savings, as it does not require development or production of a new Lightning EarPods design.
In addition to headphone bundling, rumours from Computex claim Apple will fill the space created by removing iPhone’s 3.5mm headphone jack with an extra speaker. Finally, today’s report echoes earlier rumours of an internal storage increase to 256GB for both “iPhone 7” and “iPhone 7 Plus” models.