While Apple’s handheld devices are now capable of performing a wide variety of tasks, listening to music will likely always be one of the primary uses. From the dawn of the iPod through several generations of iPhone, Apple mobile devices have always come packaged with a set of headphones to match the pre-installed music app.
The newest iteration, the iPhone 7, is rumored to launch Wednesday at Apple’s annual September event and is widely expected to lose the classic headphone jack. That doesn’t mean music listening is gone, however; Apple is said to be debuting new features to match the lack of jack.
This year’s Apple keynote is set to begin live in San Francisco at 1 p.m. EST, and will be available to stream on Apple’s website. If the rumors are true and the new iPhone really does come without headphones, the company is expected to debut one or two replacement features: an adapter that allows old-school headphones to connect to the new device, and/or wireless earbuds that use Bluetooth-like technology, called “AirPods.” Possible benefits from this change include making the iPhone water-resistant. Only time (and Tim Cook) will tell.