Steve Jobs - Courage(youtube.com)

4 years ago from Joe Blau

  • Stuart McCoyStuart McCoy, 4 years ago

    You don't need the W1 chip to create wireless headphones. The W1 chip is Apple's solution for bluetooth connectivity but it's by no means the only bluetooth chip that will work with the iPhone.

    As for the MacBook/MacBook Pro connectivity, wireless headphones currently connect to them as well. opt-click the speaker icon in your menu bar and you can quickly switch input mode.

    Apple IS using bluetooth for wireless. The only closed technology they are using is the lightning port and let's keep in mind Apple designed, in part, for the lightning port to be reversible and smaller then the existing USB technology at the time (well, microUSB was around but it's as big a pain as it's not reversible). USB-C might be reversible but there's an argument to be had that the pin location on lightning cables is a better solution then the pin location for USB-C connectors due to wear and tear. Regardless, wireless connectivity for headphones on the iPhone uses bluetooth and wireless networking still uses WiFi and cellular.

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    • John PJohn P, 4 years ago

      but there's an argument to be had that the pin location on lightning cables is a better solution then the pin location for USB-C connectors due to wear and tear.

      There is also the argument that USB-C doesn't bring $4 profit for every plug sold like 3rd party lightning headphones do

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    • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 4 years ago

      If you want the easier pairing and better quality audio, and potentially other features, you need the W1. Saying manufacturers can use Bluetooth is a bit disingenuous — they can, but they can’t compete with Apple’s solution. And that’s the point. Apple has created a situation that’s not a level playing field, where it was previously using the normal headphone jack and Bluetooth.

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      • Stuart McCoyStuart McCoy, 4 years ago

        Yes, but it's still bluetooth at its core and there's nothing stopping a company from improving their audio quality over Bluetooth as well. Apple hasn't cornered the market in better audio quality for wireless and kept everyone else from doing the same. Sure, some company might be able to license the W1 chip but as far as I know Apple isn't offering this solution to competitors (see https://9to5mac.com/2016/09/12/apple-w1-chip-how-it-works/)

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        • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 4 years ago

          Yes, but it's still bluetooth at its core and there's nothing stopping a company from improving their audio quality over Bluetooth as well.

          I guess we’ll find out in time, but the keynote suggested software changes on both sides — the headphones and the phone itself.

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