According to an analyst report from Barclays, analysts Christopher Hemmelgam and Blayne Curtis detail their expectations for the iPhone 7, and what it will be, and won’t be, equipped with. First and foremost, the report states that Apple will indeed opt to feature Lightning headphones right in the box, and, effectively, be ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack.
However, despite a growing number of rumors and reports that Apple could make those headphones feature noise-canceling technology, that may not be the case. The report states that there is “potential” for a noise-canceling system to be developed by Apple, but that it may not debut until 2017, alongside the launch of the “iPhone 7s” that year:
“We still believe there is potential for AAPL to add ANC in the IP7S but believe AAPL is including just the digital headphone in the IP7 this year. Recent speculation surrounding the elimination of the headphone jack in the IP7 is consistent with this move as AAPL will need to provide a digital headset inbox but likely was not willing to spend the extra cost for the ANC functionality.”
The analysts expect Apple to use a basic digital codec in the iPhone 7 and, presumably, the iPhone 7 Plus as well. The decision to do this is apparently to give Apple ample time to develop the technology necessary, and install the parts needed, for everything to roll out smoothly. This would give Apple time to roll out support for Cirrus Logic’s noise-cancelation smart codec in 2017.
Indeed, this would echo an earlier report that stated Cirrus Logic is aware of companies planning on introducing noise-canceling headphones with their smartphones at some point down the line.
Apple has also been rumored to be building truly wireless earbuds, or EarPods, that would also include noise-canceling technology, but those would be a separate product not sold in the box with an iPhone 7 (or iPhone 7s).
What do you think of all this? Should Apple ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack?
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