Apple recently bought off Beats, a firm founded by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine and within days of this business deal, has announced that it will be abandoning the conventional headphone socket (3.5 mm) in order to incorporate the Lightning sockets for it’s headphones. The Beats brand, for obvious reasons, will be used to create headphones with such particular connectors.
Why would Apple do such a thing? That is because the Lightning headphones will reportedly be able to receive digital audio output, lossless 48 kHz stereo, from Apple gadgets and shall be capable of sending inputs of 48 kHz mono digital audio. Audio input implies that the headphones will support a mic as well. Also, headphones will be able to draw power from the phone (hmmm, quick battery drainage?), which will be useful when it comes to cancelling noise.
The acquisition of Beats cost Apple $3 billion and Apple’s boss Tim Crook while revealing the deal said; ‘We have known these guys forever, we’ve dated, we’ve gone steady and now we are getting married.’ Jimmy Iovine gave a similar response by saying; ‘I’ve always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple.’ Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will be joining Apple as part of the deal.
CEO Apple Tim Cook, while giving an interview, said; ‘This relationship started a decade ago, so we know there is an incredible cultural fit. These two guys have a very rare set of skills. It’s like finding a particular grain of sand on the beach. It’s that rare”