For iPhone users, the headphone jack is a dead port walking. Rumors and reports have all but confirmed that the iPhone 7, due in September, will ditch the 3.5 mm headphone jack and sell a great many new headphones that connect to the Lightning port. That's the proprietary, Apple-only port that's primarily used for charging, but that also functions as a conduit for high-quality audio, with less data lost in transit from the device to your ears. Another advantage is the ability to provide more power to a pair of headphones, allowing for more robust audio electronics, such as digital-to-analog converters, and active noise-cancellation without the need for an additional battery. The downside of the death of the headphone jack is that, unless you swap cables (which isn't always possible) or use adapters (also not a certainty), many headphones won't be compatible with both iOS and non-iOS devices. So there's reason to grumble, but also reason to celebrate. For dedicated iOS users, especially those expecting to pick up the new iPhone, here are some solid current choices in Lightning headphones.
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