Ever since the launch of the iPhone, Apple has practically done what it can not to be first when it comes to technologies used in smartphones, from mobile payments, NFC, and other features. That trend doesn’t seem to be ending.
Unless you go with excising some features and replacing them with Apple standards. To which the company is certainly not afraid of, by any means. And indeed, rumors about the “iPhone 7” suggest that Apple will be following that strategy with the upcoming smartphone, ditching the universally-standard 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of the Lightning port on the bottom of the phone. As far as rumors go, this is one that’s expected to bear fruition later this year.
And Fast Company, citing an unnamed source, echoes these rumors with a report published on Thursday. According to the source, Apple will be working with Cirrus Logic to adapt technology to make the Lightning port even more capable in the iPhone 7. It also states that the iPhone 7, and some headphones from Apple, will utilize noise-canceling technology from Wolfson Microelectronics.
Interestingly enough, though, the source indicates that if an iPhone 7 owner wants noise-canceling headphones from Apple, they won’t get them out of the box. Which indicates that Apple will be launching new headphones later this year, perhaps right in line with the iPhone 7’s launch, which will boast the feature.
The report also states that Apple will be able to make the iPhone 7 thinner than the iPhone 6s by sacrificing the 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s already not a secret that Apple has thinner devices than the iPhone 6s with a 3.5mm headphone jack, so this element seems like a moot point. However, it’s one element of these rumors that refuses to go away.
Wireless charging will reportedly also make its debut on the iPhone 7, after years of the technology being available on other platforms. According to the report, Apple tried it out in two previous versions of the iPhone, but it didn’t pan out. Unfortunately, it’s not known if Apple plans on utilizing a proprietary technology to harness wireless charging for its iPhone 7, or if Apple will use a broader standard which would allow folks to use already-owned wireless charging devices if they have them.
The report also echoes that the iPhone 7 will be waterproof. However, the source says that both waterproofing elements and wireless charging could be left out of the final design.
Out of all the rumors so far, what are you most hoping turns out to be true in the iPhone 7?
[via Fast Company]