Rumor: Apple to debut Bluetooth earbuds alongside 'iPhone 7,' with truly wireless left & right earp

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  • Reply 21 of 78
    nolamacguynolamacguy Posts: 4,758member
    cali said:
    Bluetooth-only iPhone makes sense only if they fixed the battery issues. Otherwise this sounds terrible.
    what battery issue? all day battery here. 
  • Reply 22 of 78
    Why is everyone saying what battery life can and can't be on new tech such as these completely wireless earbuds?  Or even iPhone?  Do any of you sit around and invent new tech and open up new possibilities?  Cause Apple does, and apple wouldn't announce or plan to introduce something like airpods if they weren't working on figuring out how to give great battery life.  And they reinvented the battery for the new MacBook, they can do it for iPhone too.  
    williamlondoncornchip
  • Reply 23 of 78
    nolamacguynolamacguy Posts: 4,758member
    williamh said:
    I'd like to be able to lose half of my expensive earbuds.  Sounds like Apple will have a product for me!   Seriously though, I think I would prefer the wire connecting the parts.
    magnets to keep them unified when not in use?
  • Reply 24 of 78
    nolamacguynolamacguy Posts: 4,758member
    And the battery life would be...what, like 15 minutes of use? Even hearing aids have sort of large batteries and the audio they produce is nothing like fine stereo headphones.
    my Platonics wireless get good battery life. I use them for ~2+ hours for workouts three days a week, charging once a week out of routine. they aren't very large...so it all depends on the design. 
  • Reply 25 of 78
    nolamacguynolamacguy Posts: 4,758member
    The main problem I have with Apple's direction here is that the "included in the box" headphones are likely to be lightning EarPods, and EarPods just fall out of your ears constantly.  If you use them daily they only last about six months anyway.
    maybe for your ears, not mine. and mine last for years. I only use two headphones -- either my wireless, or EarPods. 
    mike1
  • Reply 26 of 78
    All I will say is if Apple is planning to do this Phil Schiller and the marketing team better be ready to have a good explanation and defense for it. If Apple allows the media to spin it as they only did it so they could make the phone even thinner it will be a disaster.
  • Reply 27 of 78
    The main problem I have with Apple's direction here is that the "included in the box" headphones are likely to be lightning EarPods, and EarPods just fall out of your ears constantly.  If you use them daily they only last about six months anyway. 

    These wireless earphones sound okay, but they are likely to be at least a couple of hundred dollars, and they don't seem to be "in-ear" even (the only ear buds that really, actually, stay in).  The "hook over the back of the ear" type that these seem likely to be, is generally the least popular type of ear buds out there, because again ... they generally don't fit and generally fall out a lot.  They don't usually even seal at the ear properly, so they leak sound as well.  All of the really, really low quality ear buds are these "hook over the ear" type. 

    Apple's will no doubt be much better than what's currently out there, but I don't see how they can really get over these problems.  

    The only current Apple branded ear buds that work well, stay in your ears well, and produce comparable output to non-Apple brands are the Apple in-ear ear buds.  To use these however, some kind of bulky adapter will be necessary.  

    I can't get over seeing this as essentially a "lose-lose-lose" situation for anyone who cares even a little bit about sound quality and actually listens to their iPhone a lot.  
     These new Dash wireless earbuds don't look like they hook over the back of the ear.


    image
    Well, I've probably said too much already and it's all speculation at this point, but I can't see how they would stay in if they don't hook over the ears.  
    I certainly would not buy anything that just sat in the ear like that, it sounds like a nightmare of worry and fiddling with them.  
  • Reply 28 of 78
    bobschlobbobschlob Posts: 1,074member
    I will at least say, that something like this would make a better argument for the actual implementation of conductive charging.
    Would make sense to have a charging base to just throw your phone, and the earbuds, onto to juice everything up simultaneously.
    edited January 2016
  • Reply 29 of 78
    mike1mike1 Posts: 3,024member
    The main problem I have with Apple's direction here is that the "included in the box" headphones are likely to be lightning EarPods, and EarPods just fall out of your ears constantly.  If you use them daily they only last about six months anyway. 

    These wireless earphones sound okay, but they are likely to be at least a couple of hundred dollars, and they don't seem to be "in-ear" even (the only ear buds that really, actually, stay in).  The "hook over the back of the ear" type that these seem likely to be, is generally the least popular type of ear buds out there, because again ... they generally don't fit and generally fall out a lot.  They don't usually even seal at the ear properly, so they leak sound as well.  All of the really, really low quality ear buds are these "hook over the ear" type. 

    Apple's will no doubt be much better than what's currently out there, but I don't see how they can really get over these problems.  

    The only current Apple branded ear buds that work well, stay in your ears well, and produce comparable output to non-Apple brands are the Apple in-ear ear buds.  To use these however, some kind of bulky adapter will be necessary.  

    I can't get over seeing this as essentially a "lose-lose-lose" situation for anyone who cares even a little bit about sound quality and actually listens to their iPhone a lot.  

    Actually, for me, the EarPods work great. They sound very good, are more comfortable and stay in my ears just fine when walking or doing light activity like yardwork. The old ear buds never did that. I use the included EarPods all the time except when I'm flying and prefer good noise-canceling, over-the-ear-headphones. See, different strokes...
    nolamacguy
  • Reply 30 of 78
    atlappleatlapple Posts: 496member
    sflocal said:
    atlapple said:
    Good to see Apple is going to get rid of an universal port in favor of making most users buy yet again another dongle. Unlike getting rid of optical drives in Macs there is no real space saving benefits to getting rid of a 3.5mm jack.
    Let me guess, you probably whined about Apple ditching the CD-Rom, Floppy, Legacy Ports as well?  This is about moving forward and jettison technology that is beginning to show its age.

    Is that knock on the door the 1990's wanting you to come back to them?
    Let me guess you're just learning to read. I made it clear in both of my posts that getting rid of optical drives made sense because there was a clear benefit. Getting rid of a 3.5mm jack has no clear benefit when it comes to reducing size. If you're going to comment on my posts at lease read them. 
    cnocbui
  • Reply 31 of 78
    I'm currently using LG wireless headphones and they're quite good. Battery life is good but I'm not using them for hours at a time. I use them when I go walking or are at the gym. I can definitely go days without charging them.
  • Reply 32 of 78
    larryalarrya Posts: 590member
    Will they come with that same, attractive girl-in-a-tank-top charging stand?
    radarthekatbrucemc
  • Reply 33 of 78
    williamh said:
    I'd like to be able to lose half of my expensive earbuds.  Sounds like Apple will have a product for me!   Seriously though, I think I would prefer the wire connecting the parts.
    If there isn't a Lightning to female 3.5" analog adapter, I will have to consider not graduating to an iPhone 7. I don't want to use Bluetooth headphones. They eat too much battery life. There will need to be some other compelling feature that's not already in iPhone 6S Plus to get me to buy any more iPhones if I can't easily connect my hard wired Puma Earbuds.
  • Reply 34 of 78
    nolamacguynolamacguy Posts: 4,758member
    All I will say is if Apple is planning to do this Phil Schiller and the marketing team better be ready to have a good explanation and defense for it. If Apple allows the media to spin it as they only did it so they could make the phone even thinner it will be a disaster.
    im certain Phil Schiller appreciates your...concern.
    brucemc
  • Reply 35 of 78
    nolamacguynolamacguy Posts: 4,758member

    Well, I've probably said too much already and it's all speculation at this point, but I can't see how they would stay in if they don't hook over the ears.  
    I certainly would not buy anything that just sat in the ear like that, it sounds like a nightmare of worry and fiddling with them.  
    im going to do something crazy for a techie -- reserve my judgement until ive tried the thing im knocking.
    canukstormbrucemc
  • Reply 36 of 78
    nolamacguynolamacguy Posts: 4,758member

    atlapple said:
    sflocal said:
    Let me guess, you probably whined about Apple ditching the CD-Rom, Floppy, Legacy Ports as well?  This is about moving forward and jettison technology that is beginning to show its age.

    Is that knock on the door the 1990's wanting you to come back to them?
    Let me guess you're just learning to read. I made it clear in both of my posts that getting rid of optical drives made sense because there was a clear benefit. Getting rid of a 3.5mm jack has no clear benefit 
    ...that youre aware of. thats the part you keep forgetting. for some reason iHaters and trolls always feel they know everything at all times, when they dont. nobody but the team inside apple know what the benefits of such a hypothetical change would be, until they tell us.
    edited January 2016 anantksundarambrucemc
  • Reply 37 of 78
    cnocbuicnocbui Posts: 3,613member
    The main problem I have with Apple's direction here is that the "included in the box" headphones are likely to be lightning EarPods, and EarPods just fall out of your ears constantly.  If you use them daily they only last about six months anyway. 

    These wireless earphones sound okay, but they are likely to be at least a couple of hundred dollars, and they don't seem to be "in-ear" even (the only ear buds that really, actually, stay in).  The "hook over the back of the ear" type that these seem likely to be, is generally the least popular type of ear buds out there, because again ... they generally don't fit and generally fall out a lot.  They don't usually even seal at the ear properly, so they leak sound as well.  All of the really, really low quality ear buds are these "hook over the ear" type. 

    Apple's will no doubt be much better than what's currently out there, but I don't see how they can really get over these problems.  

    The only current Apple branded ear buds that work well, stay in your ears well, and produce comparable output to non-Apple brands are the Apple in-ear ear buds.  To use these however, some kind of bulky adapter will be necessary.  

    I can't get over seeing this as essentially a "lose-lose-lose" situation for anyone who cares even a little bit about sound quality and actually listens to their iPhone a lot.  
    But dude - less is more (less money for you and more for us - snickers a voice at 1 Infinite Loop).   We took out that old fashioned has-been tech - and now when people see your new 0.4mm thinner iPhone with that DAG hanging out the bottom of it - sorry, that should be DAC - that you now have to use to plug your actually decent and comfortable headphones into - people are going to pretend think you are so cool, even though there are 16 different thinner Android phones on the table without a DAG hanging out their ...... lightning USB-C port.

    Be grateful.  Apple have taken away something they didn't need to, and given you a thinner phone - sorry, battery life is the same - and the opportunity to show your appreciation by giving them more of your money so you can buy stuff you didn't really want.  This is the future, this is technoilogical progress - isn't it coool!
    edited January 2016
  • Reply 38 of 78
    SoliSoli Posts: 10,033member
     These new Dash wireless earbuds don't look like they hook over the back of the ear.


    image
    Well, I've probably said too much already and it's all speculation at this point, but I can't see how they would stay in if they don't hook over the ears.  
    I certainly would not buy anything that just sat in the ear like that, it sounds like a nightmare of worry and fiddling with them.  
    1) For the people they do work for, they do seem to be very comfortable. As previously stated, I'm not one of them.

    2) These seems to use an EarPod-like system for the bulk of the HW, but also look to be in-ear phones based on the S, M, and L icons in the lower left of the pic. My in-ear phones stay in pretty well on their own. That said, I'd still want to have a cord so that if one falls out it's still connected to the other.
    edited January 2016
  • Reply 39 of 78
    mac_128mac_128 Posts: 3,454member
    atlapple said:
    Good to see Apple is going to get rid of an universal port in favor of making most users buy yet again another dongle. Unlike getting rid of optical drives in Macs there is no real space saving benefits to getting rid of a 3.5mm jack.
    sflocal said:
    Let me guess, you probably whined about Apple ditching the CD-Rom, Floppy, Legacy Ports as well?  This is about moving forward and jettison technology that is beginning to show its age.

    Is that knock on the door the 1990's wanting you to come back to them?
    Let me guess you're just learning to read. I made it clear in both of my posts that getting rid of optical drives made sense because there was a clear benefit. Getting rid of a 3.5mm jack has no clear benefit when it comes to reducing size. If you're going to comment on my posts at lease read them. 
    Perhaps if you would elaborate a bit more, perhaps we could properly address you. The 3.5mm jack hardware takes up about 184 cubic mm. How is that trivial in a device measured in mm?

    Moreover, while we can all understand how much room is saved by removing the CD-Rom (which by the way is not the entire reason they dropped that drive), why would they get rid of the Ethernet port in the MacBook Pro, which requires me to by a dongle? There's plenty of room for it, right? And Ethernet is the most reliable, efficient, universal networking standard in the world.
    nolamacguy
  • Reply 40 of 78
    canukstormcanukstorm Posts: 2,590member
    sflocal said:
    I rarely use headphones simply because I hate the wires.  Turning my head a certain way make the wires snag on some part of my clothing.  I'm all for wireless.  

    I think Apple getting rid of the headphone jack is an inevitability.  As usual, they will give everyone else in the industry a swift kick in the ass to move forward on modern tech.  Might as well be Apple to blaze the way... as always.

    I can definitely say what WILL happen.  If Apple does in fact get rid of the headphone jack... within a year it will be a norm with the Android copycats and then the trolls and iHaters (some still infesting this forum) will suddenly backtrack on their whining and then imply that it was an "evolution" in the industry.  Rinse and repeat.
    This is linked to Mark Gurman report. He's about as reliable as they come when it comes to accuracy on Apple hardware rumors. Consider this done.
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