A new video was recently posted on YouTube showcasing purported Lightning-enabled EarPods. This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen Lightning EarPods shown off, but it’s the first time that we’ve seen them showcased in action on video.
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The video shows the Lightning-enabled EarPods being used with an iPhone 6s. If Apple does end up producing Lightning-enabled EarPods, one would expect the version that ships with the iPhone 7 to contain an inline remote, and the EarPods on the video do. In fact, the inline remote functionality is demonstrated during the video.
It’s still unclear what peripherals Apple will include with the iPhone 7, but at this point it’s pretty evident that the iPhone 7s will lack a 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple will likely pack in one of the following: Lightning-enabled EarPods, wireless headphones, or standard EarPods with a 3.5mm dongle attachment, like the one Zac posted about yesterday.
Given Apple’s history, however, it seems unlikely that it will include a pack-in dongle instead of selling it separately. Therefore, it’s possible that Lightning-enabled EarPods will indeed make the cut if wireless versions don’t.
Of course, it’s entirely possible that these “EarPods” are a Chinese knockoff, or a DIY project — in other words, a clone of what the final product might look like. I’m a little skeptical, because the cameraman was extremely brief in showing the Lightning connector up close, and the video itself wasn’t as clear as it could have been.
I don’t think these EarPods feature the fit and finish of typical Apple products, but Benjamin offered some conjecture as to why that might be. That said, it otherwise looks like a pretty convincing clone, and matches up well with the previous leaks that we’ve seen. What do you think?
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