Quoted Otakara Mac reported that the development of the people familiar with Apple's mouth was informed that next year on the line iPhone 7 for further compression thickness will be replaced with the 3.5mm headphone port, Lightning port, this adjustment will make the new generation of iPhone thickness decreased 1mm. And in this process of transformation, Apple will provide digital to analog conversion connector for EarPods and iPhone connection, even if the official will not be an action, those third party accessories manufacturers should also be very happy to launch such goods.
The above picture is 5S 3.5mm iPhone headphone port and Lightning port thickness comparison (picture source: iFixit)
Since the release of the smart phone, manufacturers have been trying to build a thinner, lighter products. But what is it that makes them stop? That is the headphone jack, regardless of how the device becomes thin, are required to be equipped with 3.5 mm headphone jack. If Apple wants to exceed this limit in the next generation of iPhone, you must remove the headphone jack. But after removal, Apple needs to find solutions. This may also be the main reason for Apple's acquisition of Beats, Apple will cooperate with Beats, and with the help of Beats brand power for the audio industry launched new wireless standards.
Of course, Apple may use Bluetooth 4.1 or the development of new low energy wireless technology, to ensure that the next generation of EarPod will become a wireless product. In addition, the market has appeared on the Lightning interface headphones, Apple also has the potential to use Lightning technology as a new audio standard.