If Apple’s 2016 iPhone launch was a rom-com, the “Will They or Won't They?” central plot line would have been whether the company was going to stick with the 3.5mm headphone jack or ditch it for its own Lightning connector (probably played by Colin Firth).
Now that we know Apple has chosen to leave the headphone jack behind on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, we list here all the Lightning headphones currently on the market - and a few more that are coming soon.
Audeze iSine 10 and iSine 20
More after the break
These over-ear headphones allow the user to charge their phone while listening to music, as well as having a three-button audio cord to control volume and microphone. It seems the company's entire range will feature a lightning cable to accompany their wireless functionality.
JBL Reflect Aware
Libratone Q Adapt
Pre-orderThe Q Adapts use Libratone’s CityMix ANC technology, which lets you control the level of noise-cancellation to allow through background noise such as traffic. They also don't need to be charged before use, because they take power directly from the Lightning port - which, it is claimed, should provide a “more robust digital sound”.
Available this autumn
While these Beats headphones are primarily wireless, they do have a Lightning port for charging and audio. They feature "optimised noise isolation", multiple eartips and are magnetised so you should avoid tangling them up. They also feature in-line control for volume, phone calls, and Apple's Siri voice assistant.
Thunder claims these are the world’s first Lightning in-ear headphones to provide “high fidelity sound quality, active noise-cancellation, battery-free charging and revolutionary sound customisation.”
Apple EarPods with Lightning Connector
At their low price, there are few bells and whistles attached to these headphones, but they do have the usual built-in remote for volume and phone call control. And that all-important Lightning connection.
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