Many of you probably don’t remember this, but before the launch of the iPhone, the last thing you would see on a smartphone was a 3.5mm headphone jack. Back then; it was common for smartphones to bring proprietary headphones that would connect to whatever proprietary connector the phone brought. Apple changed this dramatically, but after some recent rumors of the company adopting lightning for higher-quality audio, it seems that the rumors came true.
Apple has just published all the “Made for iPhone” guidelines to bring lightning headphones to iOS devices. This Lightning headphone protocol will be capable of receiving lossless stereo 48 kHz digital audio output from Apple devices and sending mono 48 kHz digital audio input. It will allow microphone functionality, remote controls, and developers can even code apps to launch when headphones are connected, which is really cool.
This obviously opens the door for Apple to use this feature on its actual Beats purchase in order to provide a “Nexus-like” concept of what developers can do with the new audio quality that will come to iOS devices soon. Hopefully we see more than just headphones from manufacturers.