Coming Soon from Apple: MFi Specs for Lightning Cable Headphones

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While we’re almost always talking about camera gear, I just ran into this article about Apple’s plans for new headphones which use the lightening plug as opposed to the headphone plug.

Why’s this significant to our readers? Well of course not everyone is using an iPhone these days, there are plenty of people who are – and some of us are using things like the RØDE Rec app to record audio while on location.

So, part of my problem has always been how to monitor what you’re recording… and if Apple allows these new headphones, then it will be one option to use both an external microphone and be able to monitor the recording (at least that’s how I see it based on this story).

There’s even conversation in there about ‘sending audio’ and ‘drawing power’ – could this end up being used as a microphone port eventually? Inquiring minds want to know!

Apple introduces MFi specs for Lightning cable headphones, support arriving in future iOS update

From 9to5mac:

We’ve learned Apple has quietly introduced a new specification for manufacturers in its Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) program that allows them to create headphones that connect to iOS devices using a Lightning connector instead of the usual 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple has not flipped the switch on the audio input support for Lightning cables and existing iOS devices, but it will release a software update in the future that will enable support in devices running iOS 7.1 or later.

Apple introduces MFi specs for Lightning cable headphones

The Lightning headphones will be capable of receiving lossless stereo 48 kHz digital audio output from Apple devices and sending mono 48 kHz digital audio input. The input means that the headphones will also support a microphone for audio input following Apple’s upcoming update. Manufacturers will be able to take advantage of Apple Headphone Remote controls like Volume Up/Down/etc, as well as other buttons for launching specific apps such as iTunes Radio or initiating playback controls on iOS. In addition, the headphones can be made to work specifically with a companion iOS app and launch a specific app when connected to an iOS device.

For more information, visit 9to5mac's article “Apple introduces MFi specs for Lightning cable headphones, support arriving in future iOS update

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