The Eurasion Economic Union has certified a number of new Apple products to be possibly released in the near future, including a few new models of the Apple Watch, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well as a new device, AirPods. Since the first rumours began circulating that Apple would be getting rid of the 3.5mm jack on future iPhones, speculation began about what would replace the iconic ear buds and it appears we may have an answer.
The trade filings appear legitimate, although difficult to decipher if you are a westerner. MacRumours had already uncovered trademark filings with the AirPods name last month, so this does seem to reinforce those rumours. Apple has, in the past, filed trademarks and applied for product certifications for devices that ultimately went nowhere, so this is no guarantee, but it does appear that iPhone fans will have a new Bluetooth accessory to purchase with their next upgrade cycle.
It is unclear how users will react to being forced into wireless headphones, or with sharing a headphone jack with their power connector, and whether or not consumers will appreciate the trade off for ever-thinner devices. It is getting more clear that Apple is indeed heading in that direction.