With just one day before Apple’s iPhone 7 event takes place, the rumors surrounding Apple’s next-gen device are still rolling in. Now, of course, it goes without saying that one of the more intriguing aspects of the iPhone 7 is that it will ship without a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. In its place, Apple will likely ship a pair of Lightning headphones along with a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone adapter.
Having said that, there’s more to the iPhone 7 audio story than meets the eye. According to reports, Apple will take advantage of the iPhone 7's jack-less design in order to push sales of what will be completely new Bluetooth-based headphone product that will likely be dubbed “Airpods.”
Per a research report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who has a stellar track record with respect to Apple rumors), Apple is working on developing a propriety chip for its Bluetooth headphones that will help improve overall battery life.
"Apple will likely have its own-designed Bluetooth-like communication chip and launch own-brand Bluetooth headphones targeting the high-end market, with Beats positioned in the midrange market," Kuo wrote in a research note obtained by AppleInsider.
If this rumor pans out, and if Beats headphones will in fact soon be positioned as a mid-range solution, it stands to reason that Apple’s AirPods will be rather pricey.
Now, for those curious what Apple's AirPods might look like, there is speculation that they'll look awfully similar to The Dash wireless earbuds from Bragi.
As a final point, it remains to be seen if these rumored AirPods will be unveiled tomorrow during Apple's media event. If so, it's also unclear if they will launch alongside the iPhone 7 or if they will be released at a much later date.