Turn and face the strange. The release of the new iPhone is (probably) here, so you should get ready for a number of changes coming your phone's way.
An Apple press event scheduled for Wednesday is widely thought to be the launch of the iPhone 7, and among the most controversial tweaks to the famous device is the rumored removal of the traditional headphone jack. Blogs like MacRumors have predicted that headphones will now connect to the phone though the Lightning port, but a lot of buzz surrounds the concept of wireless earbuds that would link up with your device over Bluetooth.
Apple may release these earbuds, called "AirPods," Wednesday. The company got the trademark for the term last year, and at least one leaked photo shows a box for an "iPhone 7 Plus" coming with AirPods, Business Insider reported.
But analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, of KGI Securities, wrote in a report circulating online Tuesday the he thought Apple would box the new iPhone with Lightning-compatible EarPods and push out AirPods separately. Apple fans learned last week that the company planned to reveal three new Beats by Dre headphones at its Wednesday event.
"Apple will likely have its own-designed Bluetooth-like communication chip and launch own-brand Bluetooth headphones targeting the high-end market, with Beats positioned in the midrange market," Kuo said, according to AppleInsider.
If you're not quite ready to make the jump to wireless headphones, don't worry. Rumors have suggested Apple will also unveil a dongle Wednesday to convert typical headphone cables into Lightning-compatible ones, BGR reported.
However, you should get ready to get hip soon.
Michael Simon, a MacWorld contributor who recently wrote a piece arguing against freely distributing the adapter, compared the upcoming headphones switch to the disappearance of floppy disks. "Before long, the removal of the 3.5mm jack will be something we barely talk about," he said.