Apple's Trying to Fix Two Key Issues With Wired and Wireless Headphones

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

With the sheer number of reports we’ve seen recently, I think it’s safe to say that the probably-unnecessarily-thin iPhone 7 won’t feature a headphone jack, with Apple instead expected to introduce a Lightning-connected pair of headphones that also work wirelessly. A freshly-published patent application shows how the company plans to improve hybrid headphones to keep its customers from throwing any more hissy-fits.

The document describes a pair that can switch between wired and wireless modes without interrupting your tunes. Current hybrid sets can be song-ruiners, as phones often fail to connect with them automatically when you switch from wired to Bluetooth mode. Even then, once the connection's been made, it can still take a few seconds to establish the link and resume playback.

Apple's submission vaguely explains that it could iron out these issues by coding the headphones in a way that would ensure that your phone would instantly detect that the wireless device and the wired one are the same thing, and also says it’ll build a data buffer into the headphones’ circuitry, which would allow your music to continue playing during the switch.

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It also looks like Apple wants the headphones to be charged by the iPhone, which is certainly convenient, but also highly likely to adversely affect the handset’s battery life. The words every consumer wants to hear. [AppleInsider]