appleposts.com – as previously reported that iPhone 7 will not use jackphones and its headphones. Ming-Chi Kuo as expert analyst in KGI Securities wrote a new research note and suggested that wireless headphones will play an important role for the headphone-jack-free “iPhone 7.”
“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,” Kuo wrote. He did not give any potential indication of pricing.
With Apple expected to ditch the headphone jack, Kuo believes that wireless headphones will become the default option for many iPhone users. He sees Apple addressing that growing market with a two-pronged attack: Apple-branded “AirPods” on the high end, and a range of Beats-branded headphones for the middle of the market.
With its own custom “Bluetooth-like” chip, Kuo believes Apple could use proprietary low-power wireless communications for other functions beyond headphones, including smart home accessories and an intelligent automobile.
Kuo believes that Apple may in fact deviate from Bluetooth specifications, given what he called the company’s “higher requirements for power-saving, communication specs and potential rapid growth.” He sees Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company likely manufacturing the wireless communications chip for Apple, while Cheng Uei Precision and Inventec are expected to handle final assembly of the headphones.
Finally, Kuo said he does not expect Apple to bundle wireless headphones with this year’s “iPhone 7” models. Leaked packaging has suggested Apple will instead bundle wired Lightning-connected EarPods in the box, as well as a headphone jack adapter for legacy 3.5-millimeter headphones.
The potential “AirPods” branding was leaked a few months ago through an Apple trademark filing. The name would be a combination of Apple’s AirPlay wireless streaming technology and the EarPods headphones bundled with iOS devices.
All will be revealed on Wednesday, when Apple will hold a media presentation at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Calif.
source : appleinsider