Apple pushes new EarPods and AirPods for a future without headphone jacks. Apple will attempt to ease the pain of murdering the headset jack at the iPhone 7, shipping the new smartphone with Lightning-enabled EarPods and an analog adapter. Schiller explained that abandoning the analog headphone jack enables Apple to make room for various other technological improvements, such as brighter displays, faster processors, and also the iPhone 7’s stereo speakers. The Lightning link also permits for new headset attributes, he explained, such as adaptive noise cancellation and higher-quality music with no external power source. Further reading: The best high-res digital audio players ] Instead, the company spent more time touting the wireless AirPods that will sell separately. Actually Bluetooth Buds While Apple made no explicit mention of Bluetooth when announcing its new AirPods, or any sort of compatibility using non-Apple Bluetooth devices, the company’s shop page notes that Bluetooth connectivity is supported. Still, Apple claims that its AirPods, and also their brand new W1 chip particularly, go well beyond the capacities of”conventional wireless chips.” The new chip can wirelessly transmit”high quality AAC audio” (the fine print cites testing 256 kbps AAC tracks), and rather than an often-complex Bluetooth pairing procedure, AirPods will realize when an iPhone is nearby for one-tap pairing. They will also simultaneously connect with an Apple Watch, also may pair to an iPad or Mac over iCloud. AirPods are packed with a few extra detectors as well. Infrared allows them to only begin playing if they are on your ear, while an accelerometer recognizes speech and uses dual beam-forming microphones to filter out background sound. As for battery life, every AirPod will run for five hours on a charge, plus they include a wireless charging instance which brings back a number of hours of runtime after 15 minutes indoors. In total, the case provides up to 24 hours of battery life.