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Apple to Drop Headphone Jack for iPhone 7?

Apple to Drop Headphone Jack for iPhone 7?

Posted November 27, 2015 at 9:47pm by iClarified
Apple is planning to drop the headphone jack with the upcoming iPhone 7, reports Macotakara.

Apple seems to plan removing the headset jack from the next iPhone 7, according to a reliable source. Screen shape such as radius will be kept, however, it will very likely be more than 1 mm thinner than the current model.

The company is likely looking to make its iPhone even thinner but the standard 3.5mm headphone jack limits the device from getting any smaller. The problem can be circumvented by getting rid of the port and equipping its EarPods with a Lightning connector instead of a regular headphone connector.

Supplied Ear Pods will equip a Lightning connector, which means a DA (Digital to Analog) converter is required. The DA will be built in the Lightning connector without sacrificing the size, according to the source.

Apple may rely on third party manufacturers to produce a headset to Lightning converter or sell a separate Lightning cable with a DA converter to solve compatibility issues.

For those already using Bluetooth headphones, there would obviously be no issues.

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Tokijici - December 8, 2015 at 7:50am
What about the Producer or a DJ that would plug a pair of professional headphones to their device and would stay as far away as possible from any other headphones that come with a lightning port and a cheap DAC??!?
Julian Hernandez
Julian Hernandez - November 29, 2015 at 9:00pm
As much as I would like to see athe demise if theiphone, apple won't do this, they're not stupid, no one would buy an iPhone if they need an adapter to use the earphones, someone everyone uses. It won't happen so do the even worry.
Keith Gatling
Keith Gatling - November 29, 2015 at 12:27pm
I have a new minivan that lets me connect my iPod Touch via either Bluetooth, USB, or analog aux cable. Guess which of the three is most reliable. That's right...the old 3.5 mm analog aux cable. I've had Bluetooth headphones that skipped, and so does the Bluetooth connection in my van. I can't recall whether or not the USB connection skipped (it probably did), but the dashboard UI for changing playlists and sings was abysmal. Standard analog works first time, every time. I say leave the audio jack alone. Sometimes analog (like sneakernet) is the best way to go.
matrixXx - November 29, 2015 at 6:43am
They won't remove that jack because too many people won't buy it then. I for sure won't buy a phone where I can't use my QC-25 with.
Adrien - November 29, 2015 at 1:47am
Wouldn't mind it would encourage more wireless earphone and headphones
Cedeno66 - November 28, 2015 at 11:34pm
Whatever. Do we really want it any thinner? It seems like even less room for a good battery. How much crappier can they make it? That is its akiles heel. I would so rather have a better battery than a paper thin phone. Why do they make us believe that we want thinner instead?
gamerscul9870 - November 29, 2015 at 12:33am
1. to make it easier to grab and use with 1 hand, 2. lighter enough to not have any air gaps anywhere, 3. as long as anything can improve to be smaller, it will be thin and not have all that extra space inside for nothing. Also, it's not getting crappier from my experience let alone what's not released yet.
Yatsu - November 28, 2015 at 9:27pm
Did you all forget about the freshly patented D shape headphone jack?!
gamerscul9870 - November 28, 2015 at 10:09pm
It's unclear if that will happen though. There were some past patents about a year old yet they didn't come to existence yet or may never will.
justabrake - November 28, 2015 at 6:31pm
Remember apple said they wanted a universal charging plug for all manufacturers and that never happened !
gamerscul9870 - November 28, 2015 at 6:35pm
When did they?
justabrake - November 28, 2015 at 6:40pm
around about the iphone 3s-4 !
gamerscul9870 - November 28, 2015 at 6:43pm
Scrapped ideas maybe. I'm sure this was many of Jobs' plans never possible to do yet or failed.
focus - November 28, 2015 at 6:16pm
Magnet ear phone would be best option like MacBook Pro
King Rollo
King Rollo - November 28, 2015 at 6:11pm
Need to ditch the 3.5mm jack.. Lighting port is waterproof. Y design that's more likely the real reason....
RWR - November 28, 2015 at 6:16pm
The plug is waterproof, but the charging port is not. I fix phones for a living, water will get in there.
gamerscul9870 - November 28, 2015 at 6:19pm
I can make a phone waterproof, but did you also know people proved iPhone 6s lasts over an hour in water? It's unclear how long it really can last.
RWR - November 29, 2015 at 7:51pm
Also, I FIX PHONES FOR A LIVING IN A REAL BUSINESS. We have already worked on 3 iPhone 6S's and 1 iPhone 6S Plus because they have dropped them in water and it stopped working, even after we treated it for the liquid damage. It's not waterproof.
gamerscul9870 - November 29, 2015 at 8:09pm
That begs the question. How long did it last in water, how was it positioned to get the water in the, and were they treated with liquipel? I did coat mine with it and really works.
gamerscul9870 - November 28, 2015 at 5:24pm
Guys I just remembered, the 2nd generation that 5s was mentioned here a while back is said to come. Not sure when though, but not only will we have a refreshed 4-inch iPhone, but hopefully it may come with the headphone jack. We'll have a new iPhone with everything an iPhone should come with and this is it.
Nogunssaveslives - November 28, 2015 at 1:42pm
IF this rumor is true, it brings up an interesting discussion. Is it possible that by removing the headphone jack Apple is innovating? Leading us to a new age of wireless or at least improved sound technology? In the late 90s early 2000s Apple stopped putting floppy disks on computers and people were outraged. Could you imagine if Apple still put floppy drives on computers? Sometimes you have to ruffle some feathers if you want to advance technologically. I know it's inconvenient for you. I know you are going to need adapters and whatnot for the next few years, but what this does is push headphone producers and speaker manufacturers to update their technology, to make more wireless products. This is the kind of thing that sparks innovation, and while it may be annoying for 2 years, after that we realize how much better it is than the old way. Patience is required sometimes in the world of technology.
gamerscul9870 - November 28, 2015 at 2:04pm
People moved away from floppy disks long ago. SD cards are the new version.
Chris - November 28, 2015 at 4:19pm
Just like the optical drive on the MacBook Air. Now, you can download pretty much anything instead on getting it on a disc.
M!Do Space
M!Do Space - November 28, 2015 at 11:28am
Hey what about the shorter version of the jack that Apple has registered a patent for earlier, and is expected to be used with the iPod Nano?
Guido Meyer
Guido Meyer - November 28, 2015 at 10:12am
I still haven an iPhone 4S. First they changed the way you charge it so I would have to throw away all my charging equipment (or buy some adapters). Then they got bigger (which I don't want). Now the headphones. How am I suppose to use my external microphone without a headphone jack? Every new iPhone is worse than the generation before.
Raul Menendez
Raul Menendez - November 28, 2015 at 4:14am
So no more aux cord then? Bluetooth has connectivity issues.
Kk - November 28, 2015 at 1:08am
hamood_d10 - November 28, 2015 at 1:05am
How about increasing battery and improve ios so we can see a bug free ios like 5.1.1 *sigh*
gamerscul9870 - November 28, 2015 at 1:56am
Haven't had a single bug since iOS 8. Apple made a larger iPhone which meant larger iPhone battery, in addition, low power mode.
RWR - November 28, 2015 at 6:18pm
You obviously haven't updated to iOS 9
gamerscul9870 - November 28, 2015 at 6:24pm
You can't tell if I am or not, but I really am.
jaxon - November 28, 2015 at 12:11am
They will hopefully have USB-C and wireless charging in the iPhone 7. So the headphone jack can go. The sound quality would be a lot better through a USB-C than a headphone jack anyways.
gamerscul9870 - November 28, 2015 at 12:14am
You do know iPhone is too thin now to have USB anything (and why?) but not only that, motion powered chargers are pretty much they way to go from what I heard compared to wireless charging.
vanimox - November 27, 2015 at 11:06pm
Here's an idea... How about instead of making the phone thinner, they keep it the same size and give us more processing power, a 30mp camera, etc. More device features would mean more to me than a thinner phone!
King Rollo
King Rollo - November 28, 2015 at 6:12pm
30mp pixel camera would make it worse.. More pixels need more light and with a small phone lens you will have poor low light images..
ywhat - November 27, 2015 at 10:53pm
How do u charge and listen to music with headphones simultaneously? 2 lightning ports?
gamerscul9870 - November 27, 2015 at 10:58pm
People with portable kinetic chargers are saved. They can dance while charging and listening to their music at the same time, just as long as they can wear the phone without it flying off their arms since some portable kinetic chargers are portable and the length of the cords. All the trouble it worth it.
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