Apple iPhone 7 earphones could come from Beats
Chances are good that Apple will launch Lightning-enabled headphones with Bluetooth functionality for its upcoming iPhone refresh should the model lack a 3.5 mm combo audio port as repeatedly rumored by the press. The Cupertino company bought Beats back in 2014 for 3.2 billion USD and, according to Wholesaler Rhino Intergroup CEO Raimund Hahn, iPhone 7 owners will need to rely on Lightning adapters should they skip on buying any Apple-branded earphones.
Hahn speculates that Apple will reveal the new earphones or earbuds alongside the iPhone 7 and may even announce it with a "7" suffix such as "Headphones 7" for users to instantly recognize its Lightning-based specifications. In fact, the company may even rename its upcoming Watch successor to the "Watch 7" similar to how Samsung is expected to skip the Galaxy Note 6 name to be numerically in line with its Galaxy S7 series. The next generation Watch could be equipped with an embedded SIM (eSIM), but Hahn's suppliers from Asia claim that these Watch prototypes may not be ready in time for the iPhone 7 launch and may be delayed for a later reveal date.
By eliminating the common 3.5 mm audio jack, there is a probability that the iPhone could also be water-resistant. The saved volume may then be used for another internal speaker or a larger internal battery as well.