iPhone 7 probably won’t have a headphone socket but don’t panic – Beats has a solution
The iPhone 7 launch event is only a few days away, and it’s now looking almost certain that the new phone will come without a headphone socket .
But don’t panic! It’s very unlikely that Apple will let you go without access to music – particularly given the growth of its highly lucrative streaming service, Apple Music .
There’s already a huge amount of speculation about what headphones Apple will bundle with the iPhone 7 – ranging from wireless “AirPods” to EarPods that use a Lightning port connector.
There’s even some suggestion that the iPhone 7 will come with a Lightning-to-headphone-jack adapter in the box.
However, don’t forget that Apple now owns headphone maker Beats Electronics, after buying the company for $3 billion in 2014.
The latest rumour suggests that Beats may be providing the solution to iPhone users’ woes.
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According to an email sent out to French-speaking journalists by Beats’ PR team, and posted online by igen.fr , Apple’s event on September 7 will allow attendees to “discover new products from Beats by Dre”.
It goes on say the event that “can’t be missed” – suggesting that a selection of new products from Beats by Dre will be revealed at the event.
It would make sense for Beats to release a refreshed headphone lineup to coincide with the iPhone 7 launch.
This will most likely include a selection of wireless Bluetooth headphones and wired headphones with a Lightning port connector.
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The question is, will other headphone makers be forced to release special models with a lightning connection too? While an adaptor may provide a temporary solution, many have pointed out it could easily be lost.
Apple is expected to unveil its iPhone 7 at an event in San Francisco on September 7. For all the latest rumours, check out our full round-up here .