AirPods

More evidence points to Lightning EarPods with iPhone 7

Lightning EarPods

Several reports over the months have predicted the demise of the 3.5mm headphone jack on the upcoming iPhone 7. More evidence has surfaced that Apple indeed plans to send the legacy audio jack to its final resting place alongside the floppy drive. Images leaked on the Chinese site Weibo show standard EarPods with one glaring difference: a Lightning connector in place of the familiar audio plug.

Apple Weekly News Roundup: Future products, iOS 9.3 and more

CarPlay iOS 9.3

The week in iPhone news was exciting for Apple fans looking forward to future devices and firmware. A surprise release of iOS 9.3 beta to developers revealed significant feature improvements in the pipeline. Details on the upcoming 4-inch iPhone slated for release early this year also surfaced, along with a new moniker for the device. Changes are also on the way to iTunes Radio and the iAd platform. Here are five highlights from the top Apple news of the week:

Apple allegedly developing wireless Bluetooth earphones for iPhone 7 launch

Bragi Dash Headphones

By now you have probably heard the rumor that the iPhone 7 will not include a headphone jack. If the reports are true, this means the current EarPods that ship with all iPhone models will not be supported by Apple's next-generation headset. The iPhone-maker is allegedly developing a new set of Bluetooth Beats earphones that will ship alongside the iPhone 7, according to 9to5Mac.

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