Apple may be working on headphones that double as loudspeakers, as revealed by the recent patent titled "Dual mode headphones and methods for constructing the same". US Patent Number 9,565,490 is dated February 7, 2017 and shows designs similar to current Beats headphones and EarPods. The difference is that flipping the speakers around converts them into amplified speakers for in-room listening.
The highly anticipated BeatsX earphones will officially launch on Friday, February 10. First announced in September, BeatsX feature Apple's wireless W1 chip. After several delays, Beats By Dre revealed the release date for the $150 accessory. The tweet didn't explain whether BeatsX would debut in additional countries at the end of this week.
If you are waiting for an adapter to use Lightning headphones in a 3.5mm headphone jack, don't hold your breath.
Apple includes a Lightning adapter with every iPhone, which allows standard 3.5mm headphone plugs to be used in a Lightning port. These convert digital audio output from the Lightning port into an analog signal delivered to the headphones.
Setting the volume on iPhone is easy enough, especially with Control Center and physical buttons on the side. The only drawback to this simplicity is that volumes for different things are changed automatically. For example, playback volume can be adjusted when media is playing. Now the jailbreak tweak VolumePanel brings complete control to volume settings for multiple apps.
Reports continue to surface indicating that Apple will ditch the 3.5mm audio jack on the next generation iPhone. This move would leave the iPhone 7 with just a Lightning port, and the device would ship with Lightning-compatible headphones in the box. Apple is also said to be developing wireless Bluetooth EarPods that will be available separately. Now Mac Otakara reveals several Lightning to 3.5mm audio adapters that are set to hit the market.