Much has been written about the new iPhone 7 getting rid of the headphone jack. Headphones will likely have to plug into the iPhone Lightning charging port — or you’ll have to go wireless. The perfect pair of wireless buds, sold separately, could end up being a nice portfolio product for Apple, which has seen iPhone dominate its revenue figures. (Every company should be so lucky — iPhone has sold more than a billion units — but some analysts wonder if the company is diversified enough.) Earbuds do not make a diversified company, of course. But Apple has sought diversity in lots of other ways — much of it focused on media/music. Not just streaming, but the product line to support top-tier streaming. That was one reason for Apple’s expensive purchase of Beats — and the new iPhone may be charged with re-energizing the Beats brand too.
Speculation says that, given the jack removal, a dongle will be included with the iPhone 7 — to go along with Lightning port earbuds. Many analysts also believe that the iPhone 7 launch will coincide with a new line of Beats headphones that will also be Lightning port compatible.