Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to reveal new wireless earbuds that will accompany its latest handset, the iPhone 7.
There have been rumors that Apple is getting rid of the headphone hack in favor of a wireless approach and thus the expectation of premium wireless earpieces to replace the traditional tethered earphones.
“Apple will likely have its own designed Bluetooth-like communication chip and launch own-brand Bluetooth headphones targeting the high-end market, with Beats positioned in the midrange market,” stated an Apple Analyst named Ming-Chi Kuo.
The analyst stated that it is not yet clear whether the chip will have Bluetooth specifications. Kuo believes that Apple might avoid Bluetooth specifications to focus on power-saving.
There is speculation that the company might use a new wireless technology for the headphones rather than using Bluetooth. “Apple has higher requirements for power-saving, communication specs and potential rapid growth,” stated Kuo.
This suggests that the regular Bluetooth might not be within the standard requirements that Apple is looking for. The analyst believes that Apple has been working on its own wireless technology to handle the problem.
Information leaked from the company in July suggests that the wireless headphones to be revealed by Apple will be known as “AirPods.” They will, however, be packaged separately meaning users will have to buy them separately. The iPhone 7 will come with wireless earpieces known as EarPods which will connect to the handset through the lightning port. Apple claims that it will still include a 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter for those who still want to continue using their corded headphones.
Apple is yet to reveal the price tag for the AirPods. The wired earPods currently cost $79 while the standard set goes for $29. There are mixed feelings about the move because some people like the 3.5 mm jack but on the other hand, there are others who prefer wireless headsets. The argument is that wireless headsets or earpieces don’t get tangled since there are no cords.