Apple Quietly Introduced a New Headphone Spec and Almost No One Noticed

When you want to listen to audio from your iPhone, iPad or iPod, all you have to do is plug your headphones into the headphone jack, right?  But that mini-plug has its limitations when it comes to offering ultra-high-def audio. That’s usually not a problem because most people are perfectly happy listening to MP3s.  But what if you want to enjoy high-end lossless 48 kHz digital audio?  Then you need something more.

Fortunately, all newer iOS devices have Lightning ports that can handle tons of data.  What if there was a special set of headlines that could access that bandwidth?

There may be soon.  Apple quietly introduced a new MFi (Made for iOS) spec that will allow manufacturers to connect headphones via the Lightning port.

Any bets on when Beats will issue theirs?

(Via 9to5Mac)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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