iPhone 7 rumor rollup: Earbud rumors spark anger, hope

Apple scuttlebutt includes sneak peek at iPhone 7 component; throwback iPad

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Rumors that Apple might ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone jack for a proprietary Lightning one have been sizzling for months, and those upset about the possibility are fighting back with what else: a petition.

iPhone Earbud Outlook 

More than 225,000 people had signed the petition on the SumOfUs website as of this writing, surpassing the 210,000 signature goal of petition organizers. The petition creator is fired up, warning that “Apple is about to rip off every one of its customers. Again.”

Or as MTV put it: “This iPhone 7 rumor has angered over 200,000 people.”

Then again, who will even need to plug anything into their iPhone 7 if Apple goes ahead and delivers completely wireless earbuds via its Beats Electronics group, as 9to5Mac reports that it might. This completely wireless “AirPod” accessory (as in, no cabling connecting the left and right ear pieces) would also feature a noise-canceling microphone and a carrying case that charges them if the rumors are true. 

For the really desperate

This is really just a scrap of a rumor, but plenty of blogs picked up images of supposedly leaked iPhone 7 components from the French site Nowhereelse and Taiwanese site Apple Club.

What you’ll see, if you bother to click, is an image of what is said to be the iPhone 7’s backlight, which looks slightly different than that from the iPhone 6S, which has its various connectors in different places.

Though this apparent LCD backlight would seem to run counter to rumors of Apple adopting an OLED display instead.

Wayback Machine: iPad runs Windows 1.0

If all this futuristic iPhone stuff has you worn out, you might like to relax with this thought about an old-school development involving the iPad. The iPhoneHacks site points out that the Hacking Jules website features an iPad Air 2 running Windows 1.0.

You know, because there’s so much demand to emulate a 30-plus-year-old operating system on an iOS tablet.

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