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These Bluetooth EarPods for the iPhone 7 better be fake

Published Aug 29th, 2016 5:00PM EDT
iPhone 7 Headphone Jack Issue
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Apple will soon unveil the iPhone 7, a smartphone that’s supposed to look almost exactly like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. But the device will pack better hardware, and bring over one massive change. The iPhone 7 will be the first iPhone to ship without a standard 3.5mm audio jack, and we still have no idea how Apple will deal with the matter. One solution would be wireless headphones, which Apple is reportedly working on. A new leak shows what appears to be Bluetooth EarPods that would ship with the iPhone 7. But we hope – and think – it’s fake.

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The following images were posed online by @the_malignant, a mysterious Twitter account that keeps leaking details about unreleased devices, including the iPhone 7, but the new pictures are rather dubious. The person who supposedly had access to these many iPhone 7 retail boxes, complete with wireless EarPods, didn’t even bother to take the headphones out for closer inspection. And there’s nothing to suggest these EarPods will look anything like the current wired EarPods that ship with iPhones. Not to mention that there doesn’t appear to be space for a second EarPod in the box.

The boxes seem shady, and that iPhone 7 that sits on a box isn’t necessarily the real thing either. It appears to be a clone similar to the one showed in the following images, all labeled as fakes a few days ago, by the same @the_malignant – check that QR code in the top right corner that keeps appearing in these pictures:

Apple will unveil its iPhone 7 on September 7th, according to recent reports, at which point we’ll learn more details about the way it wants to solve issues caused by the removal of the headphone jack.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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