Noise Cancelling Lightning Headphones Want to Make Your iPhone's Battery Even Worse

By Tom Pritchard on at

There is one thing everyone can agree with about the iPhone. The battery life sucks. Maybe it'll get you through the day, but maybe it won't. Now that it's all but confirmed Apple is ditching the headphone jack with the iPhone 7, we're going to see that battery life get even worse. Case in point: Libratone's new Q Adapt In-Ear  noise cancelling lightning earbuds.

They're not the first lightning-powered noise cancelling headphones (that honour goes to the Phillips Fidelio NC1L), but they are small and fit straight into your ear. But, unlike traditional noise cancelling headphones that rely on a separate power supply, the Q Adapt In-Ear will draw its power directly from the iDevice it's connected to.

Not only will that make the iPhone's notoriously poor battery life even worse, it means you can't plug the phone into a power supply without sacrificing the tunes pumping into your ear canal. Obviously you won't have to worry about making sure you have spare batteries, or that you charged them up properly, but there's a heavy cost involved.

At least not until Apple releases a two-way lightning splitter (£45 RRP*), because everyone loves having to plug in a bunch of adaptors to get basic things done.

The rumours all agree on the fact that the iPhone 7 will not have a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, so expect this type of thing to become the new normal. At least where Apple is concerned. Here's just hoping someone managed to put a decent battery in there this time.

In case these strange earbuds appeal to you, they'll have a 'CityMix' feature that lets you set the amount of noise you want cancelling out on a scale of 1 to 5. Pre-orders will open later this month, for $179 (£135, exact UK price TBA) a pair. [The Verge]

*FYI this is 100% unconfirmed guesswork