Apple is reportedly unveiling wireless AirPods today at the iPhone 7 media event.
Rumors about wireless Earbuds, so called AirPods, are real says KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo just hours ahead of the iPhone 7 media event. We published renders of wireless AirPods by designer Miroslav Majdak back in March. The renders are based on rumors about Bluetooth EarPods from early 2016.
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Apple is removing the audio jack on the iPhone 7 and headsets have to be plugged into the Lightning port. Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds are the holy grail of listening music on the go, but there are technological challenges. First their is the battery life and then there are issues of connectivity of lower power Bluetooth.
Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple is positioning the AirPods in the high-end segment. According to his research note seen by AppleInsider, Apple has developed their own Bluetooth chips for the AirPods. Apple can make the AirPods smart, with Siri and integration into fitness apps.
The iPhone 7 has leaked over the past months in the shape of components and rear shells. Apple chose to keep the design of the iPhone 6 for the iPhone 7. The rear shell design has been improved, pushing the antenna lines to the edges and making the lens setting part of the housing.
The iPhone 7 will be the first iPhone to have no 3.5mm audio jack and start at 32GB storage. It will also be the first iPhone that can be configured with 256GB storage. A dual camera option is also coming and the new iPhone 7 is expected to be IP67 waterproof.
Other features of the iPhone 7 include the faster A10 CPU (30% more power). Apple sticks to 2GB of RAM in the new iPhone, shipping on Friday, September 16. A leaked iPhone identifier suggests that there will be three iPhone 7 models: 4.7-inch iPhone 7, 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Pro with dual camera and smart connector.
Apple is changing the color options and Apple fans will be able to choose from 5 colors including the new shiny or glossy black and a darker space gray.