Back in November, Japanese blog MacOtakara had reported that Apple was planning to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of an all-in-one Lightning connector in iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
It was widely speculated that Apple was removing the 3.5mm headphone jack to make next generation iPhones even thinner. According to rumors, iPhone 7 could be as thin as the iPod touch, which measures only 6.1 mm compared to iPhone 6s, which measures 6.9mm. The next iPhones will reportedly also feature a waterproof and dustproof design, which could be another reason why Apple may be removing the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Now a new report claims that according to supply chain sources, Apple is indeed planning to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of an all-in-one Lightning connector. The report is based on comments made by a Weibo user who has leaked information regarding Apple products in the past, but we would still treat this report with caution until we get a confirmation from reliable sources.
Apple is expected to release Lightning-equipped EarPods along iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which will be included in the box. If Apple does end up ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack then it remains to be seen if Apple will also include an adapter so that customers can continue to use their accessories with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Apple introduced its MFi Program specifications in June last year, which allows third-party manufacturers to launch headphones that connect to iOS devices via the Lightning port instead of the headphone jack.
Apple also plans to introduce a new high definition audio format to Apple Music which may also require Lightning connector as the 3.5mm headphone jack may not be able to support it.
Here’s what we know about the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus so far:
Apple is widely expected to launch iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September, but we’ve already heard several rumors about the new iPhones so far such as:
- The next iPhones will be powered by a faster A10 chip manufactured by TSMC and Intel’s LTE chips rather than a chip from Qualcomm.
- iPhone 7 may also feature a water and dustproof design, and a new non-metal chassis with antenna concealing technology.
- iPhone 7 Plus could also come with 3GB RAM.
Apple has also been testing multiple prototypes of iPhone 7 with USB Type-C port, wireless charging, dual camera, a fingerprint scanner embedded into the display, wireless charging and even one with an AMOLED screen.
What do you think about the possibility of Apple removing the 3.5mm headphone jack in iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus?