This week, Apple killed the headphone jack on its iPhone 7, meaning users may end up paying at least $160 for its new wireless headphones. Yet a few vendors are quickly rising to the challenge of a brave new world untethered from wire-based headphones.
Already, several new headphones are making use of Apple's Lightning cable, rather than the classic audio port — but they don't come cheap. Some of these accessories often run upwards of $150, while others cost more than the iPhone itself.
When it unveiled the iPhone 7 on Wednesday, Apple sent shockwaves through the tech world by getting rid of the headphone jack and pushing consumers to its Lightning port. That will now serve as both charger and, for an additional cost, an adapter port for those who still want to use wired headphones.
However, the tech giant's self-styled $159 AirPods, a basic set of wireless ear pods compatible with the iPhone 7, lack certain flair. For those who want more style and flair, there are plenty of other options — the catch being price.