Apple Opens Door to Lightning Connector Headphones

By Gary Cutlack on at

Apple's Lightning port might be about to get a little more use than dangling an iPhone off a charger all day, with the iPhone maker revealing that it's about to encourage headphone makers to allow audio connections via the charging port.

Apple claims the increased bandwidth will allow apps better control of audio, analogue output and power to run other accessories. The worry is that at some vague point in the distant future Apple might do away with the 3.5mm headphone jack in favour of selling everyone proprietary headphones or Lightning-to-3.5mm adaptors at £39.99 a pop. But that's not on the cards at the moment.

With European standardisation chiefs not overly happy that Apple's still going it alone and refusing to adopt the microUSB charging standard, introducing a new audio connection format that'd make the continent's headphones obsolete overnight is perhaps not the best idea to pursue right now. [Apple Insider]