apple lightning earpods

Hardware and Accessories

Although I do not think I want to upgrade to an iPhone 7, I want the better audio experience that comes with the lightning earpods. Does someone know, if I buy the lightning earpods, will they work with my 6S? In fact, will the airpods work with my 6s? Thanks!



Submitted by Sean Terry on Thursday, September 8, 2016

I'd like to know the answer to the question above myself. I really love the sound of these new airpod. But whether or not they work with the current iPhone is a mystery. I would honestly hope that they do!

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Thursday, September 8, 2016

When, and if, I get a response, I will let everyone know. Personally, while it sounds good, I don't want wireless earbuds with only 5 hours at a charge. I sure will not pay $160 for them. The wired option, on the other hand, has possibilities.

Submitted by Mitchell on Thursday, September 8, 2016

We will most likely get answer before next week ends, because the iPhone comes zt then.

Submitted by Jeff on Thursday, September 8, 2016

I don't recall where I read it, but I read something that indicated the new earpods would work with older hardware, but they require iOS 10, so you'll have to wait for that to be released and the device will have to support it.

Submitted by david s on Friday, September 9, 2016


Yeah, it’s confusing. I read they are suppose to have a W1 Chip thus they will no longer need to be paired like the BT headsets. I also read the battery life is about 20 hours. Beats will also be selling headset with the W1 chip from 150 to 300 USD>

The W1 chip is still Bluetooth so I suspect it will also work with older devices.

Submitted by techluver on Friday, September 9, 2016

I always upgrade to the latest IOS anyway. I suspect what's going to happen is air pods won't work, but the lightning earpods will.

Submitted by DPinWI on Friday, September 9, 2016

According to the Daily Tech News Show podcast, the 5 hours number is talk time. Playback is over 20 hours. Further, the new Air Pods are essentially blue tooth, with some added magic. They will work with any blue tooth device, but, work better and seamlessly with Apple stuff.

I trust the source enough to post this, but, your mileage may vary.

I'll be interested to see if any high quality lightning to 3.5 jack dongles come out. I would use one to improve the connection between my iPod 6 and my main listening stereo. A better DASC is usually a good thing.

The lightning ear pods would interest me if I liked ear pods. I prefer on or over the ear headphones.\

Submitted by Chris on Friday, September 9, 2016

The 7 will come with this adapter so you can use your 3.5 mil stuff.

You say that you love the sound of these air pods. Do you already have a set of them? How do they compare with other sets of ear buds that you have tried? I'm really curious. Thanks.

Submitted by JN.V on Friday, September 9, 2016

Acording to all reports I read so far the Lightning Earpods will work with older devices like the 6, 6s and iPads with Lightning connectors. Of course nobody knows for sure yet because nobody have them to try yet.

Submitted by kevinchao89 on Sunday, October 2, 2016

Based on below excerpt, latency in w1 chip is less than most Bluetooth, but latency /= 0 ms | /= Wired connection.
"... a RemoteTalk headphone cable with 3.5mm headphone jacks ... This, effectively, allows you to turn your Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones into a pair of Beats Solo3 Wired Headphones. This is great for those times ... for other occasions, such as low latency podcast monitoring (latency is significantly less than most Bluetooth headphones, yet it’s still discernible.)"…