An image render of what the new iPhone 7 could bring with its release, the AirPods. Image Source: Concept Phones

Beats Electronics will reportedly take the stage too at Apple’s official event, where ‘a selection of new Beats by Dre products will be unveiled.’ The French media outlet iGeneration allegedly received this information in an official email from Apple’s Beats earlier this Thursday, September 1.

The leaked email has hit the Internet less than a week before Apple holds its much-awaited official event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco next week. The latest generation of flagship smartphones by Apple will be the stars of the show.

Much speculation surrounds the new features included in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but perhaps one of the most polemic rumors is the reported loss of the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Apple has all but confirmed the design choice, but many have been wondering what would be the company’s audio solution for the new handset.

An illustration of Apple-owned Beats' 'AirPods' rumored to launch along withthe iPhone 7. Image Source: Silicon Angle
An illustration of Apple-owned Beats’ ‘AirPods’ rumored to launch along with the iPhone 7. Image Source: Silicon Angle

‘AirPods’ could be bundled with the new iPhone

Although there is no official word other than the leaked email by Beats French PR media team, the new ‘AirPods’ could perhaps come in the box as part of a bundle with the new iPhone 7.

A leaked image of an unboxed 32 GB iPhone 7 Plus sent to the tech outlet AppleInsider suggests that there will be indeed a bundle option for the latest generation of Apple handsets. The picture shows the device’s box details, and it clearly reads that it includes a pair of ‘AirPods’ Wireless Earphones.

If these leaks turn out to be true, the public now has to wonder what exactly it implies. The tech giant Apple acquired Beats Electronics back in 2014 for its signature style and quality products. The $3 billion acquisition is the company’s largest business move ever, and it is sure to pay off in the upcoming joint audio products with the Dr. Dre venture.

An ‘AirPods’ optional bundle would be most definitely not cheap. While the wireless earbuds market has many options under the $100 range, Beats products in the same category easily surpass the $100 and $150 mark.

Will Apple ditch regular headphones altogether?

Different sources claim that the Cupertino-based company will not drop headphone support from its iconic mobile phones. Whereas the loss of the 3.5 mm jack for a single Lightning Port is highly inconvenient for most users, Apple has a tendency to see business opportunities in troublesome situations.

More reports suggest that the tech giant would include one Lightning to Headphone adapter in the new iPhone’s boxes. Initially, EarPods with Lightning Connector were the primary option on the table. Online outlets claim that the dongle alternative would be the ‘base’ bundle for the new Apple handsets.

There is no way to know for sure other than tune in Apple’s live stream of its official event this next September 7 at 10 a.m. PT.

Source: iGeneration