With Apple ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 in 2016 and not including EarPods in the box for the iPhone 12 and later models, Apple has always pushed users toward a magical wireless listening experience with its AirPods lineup, but do you think Apple will forget the EarPods? Apparently not. When Apple announced the iPhone 15 with the USB-C port, the company also announced at the event that they would be offering its wired EarPods with a USB-C port connector (along with the updated AirPods Pro with a USB-C charging case).
This comes as a surprise for many customers since Apple has been focused on improving the wireless listening experience with its AirPods lineup, and many people seem to prefer wireless headphones these days. However, there’s still a niche audience who prefers wired headphones, not only for cost-saving reasons but also for official lossless audio support.
Currently, none of today’s AirPods models officially supports lossless audio when listening on any Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, or Mac model. The only exception is when the AirPods Pro 2 with a USB-C charging case is paired with Vision Pro; however, that won’t come out until early next year. Plus, that setup just for listening to lossless audio would set you back over $3,500.
So if you ever want to listen to lossless audio via headphones, the EarPods is possibly the best and cheapest option for you. As a plus, the USB-C version of EarPods is compatible with any Apple device that has a USB-C port, not to mention that iPads with USB-C also ditch the headphone jack. This includes MacBooks introduced as far as 2015, iPads introduced as far as 2018, and the newly announced iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro.
The price for EarPods (USB-C) is just $19 with the existing 3.5mm and Lightning options still available for older iPhones and iPads. Make sure to follow us on @Appleosophy to hear even more stories on the all-new products announced this week.