Apple recently dropped the 3.5mm audio jack from the iPhone 7, so now it’s time to pick a great set of lightning earphones for this baby. Do you know how to distinguish good earphones from lots of expensive but useless garbage? Basically, you start by making sure your lightning earphones are the latest 3rd generation version, otherwise you will have a much higher chance of ending up with a, “bricked” set of earphones (No sound coming out of the earphones) when IOS is updating.
Why am I talking about 3rd generation? What’s the difference when going from the 1st generation to the 3rd generation?
1st generation Vs. 3rd generation
Actually most of the lightning earphones currently available in the market are 1st generation. There are 3 steps to determine if yours are 1st generation: NO microphone, no silica gel covered lightning port, and no APP will appear that allows you to test the sound quality. Those are the biggest differences when comparing 1st generation with 3rd generation. Here is a quick visual summary:
First, you must confirm that your lightning earphones come with a microphone.
Next, you will need to check to make sure your earphone’s lightning port has a silica gel covered buffer on it to absorb and reduce friction.
Finally, if you plug your earphones into the lightning port, an APP will pop up for debugging and future iOS updates.
Because Apple LAM (Lightning Audio Module) module did not authorize those functions for those 1st generation lightning earphones. This module is like a key to read Apple audio signal and analytical data. So other parts like DAC can understand&handle the signal and data easier.
If you have a pair of 1st generation earphones, then be careful! Nearly all of them do not meet MFi certification and you will almost certainly end up with dead lightning earphones once iOS updates for the first time.
There are a few 2nd generation lightning earphones out there on the market, and if you insist on finding a pair of them, just pick a set without the microphone. Maybe they are great to you, but you can’t call or answer the phone with that 2nd gen model.
Just keep those 3 main points in mind when considering your next purchase and we hope that it’s useful and saves a huge headache with dead earphones but also helping you find a great set of earphones in a very confusing market full of earphones.
We are proud to announce that Tronsmart has just released the world’s first In-Ear Lightning Earphone with built-in DAC&LAM. We named it “Tronsmart Encore”. More detail please check http://www.tronsmart.com/products/tronsmart-lightning-earphone-with-built-in-dac