For some time the rumour mill has been churning about Apple phasing out the 3.5mm round connector which is compatible with standard headphones. But with news that they have filed a patent for their new headphone technology, it looks like Apple are going ahead with the controversial move.
The patent details that "Wherein the electrical connector comprises: a first contact configured to receive electrical power; and a second contact configured to receive the audio data associated with the second path... wherein the headphone is configured to receive digital audio data via the electrical connector."
In layman's terms, instead of going through an 'audio-only' connection as the current iPhone jack does, the new cable is an 'electrical connector' which is able to charge and control the device and will increase audio playback quality. The headphones will work whether wired or wireless which would increase ease of use whilst on the go.
According to the tech wizards at Apple Insider;
"Apple's proposed headphone includes an internal battery, processor, memory and antenna and wireless transceiver package for communicating with a user device. An iPhone, for example, is able to charge the headphone while being communicatively coupled to the device."
Apple purchased Beats By Dre in May 2014 and already run wireless and 'lightning cord' enabled technology in their products. It now looks increasingly clear the move was in order for Apple to buy a portion of the headphone market and roll it out as mandatory to their iPhone users.
No news from Apple HQ on how much the headphones might cost or when the new feature may be rolled out. But with sales of the iPhone 6S being Apple's most disappointing yet, you have to wonder whether forcing customers to buy their headphones will be the start of a backlash.