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iPhone 7 Will Be Waterproof With No Headphone Jack, Wireless Charging Likely [Fast Company]

iPhone 7 Will Be Waterproof With No Headphone Jack, Wireless Charging Likely [Fast Company]

Posted January 7, 2016 at 11:45pm by iClarified
Fast Company is confirming reports that the iPhone 7 will be waterproof and will not have a headphone jack. The site is also reporting that the smartphone will likely support wireless charging.

Apple’s next big phone—presumably called the iPhone 7—will come without a 3.5mm headphone jack, will be noticeably thinner, will very likely support wireless charging and be waterproof, a source with knowledge of the company’s plans tells Fast Company.

Apple is reportedly working with Cirrus Logic to adapt the audio chipset in the iPhone to work with the Lightning port. In addition, the audio system is said to get a new noise-canceling technology from Wolfson Microelectronics, a company recently acquired by Cirrus. The technology will be integrated into the iPhone and the headphones that ship with it and will help remove background noise while listening to music and making phone calls. Third-party headphone makers will be able to use the technology but they'll need to purchase a license.


Fast Company's source believes that the noise-canceling, Lightning connected EarPods will be a separate purchase, possibly under the Beats brand. Previous reports have suggested that Apple will include a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter with the iPhone 7 but this isn't confirmed.

Apple is also believed to be including wireless charging into the iPhone 7. The Apple Watch already uses wireless inductive charging so this feature is definitely in the realm of possibility.

Finally, the iPhone 7 is said to be completely waterproof. This would be accomplished by applying a special chemical coating to the devices' components. This method of waterproofing an iPhone has been available from third party companies like Liquipel for many years but for some reason Apple has yet to implement it.

Recent reports have warned that iPhone sales may be slowing down and analysts are already looking to the iPhone 7 to boost Apple's stock. Do these features make the iPhone 7 a must have for you?


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King Rollo
King Rollo - May 12, 2016 at 10:21pm
Who needs a headphone jack ffs it's 2016 we don't need old technology on a new phone. Lightning port is the way forward or Bluetooth 4.0..
gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - January 11, 2016 at 3:57pm
Gee, maybe because all phone companies build phones differently and if you think about how removable batteries achieve it. Did I forget to mention most 6s tests actually prove them to be waterproof? No seriously.
asdads2
asdads2 - January 11, 2016 at 1:19pm
Lels..... If Sony can waterproof their phones even with headphone jack intact how come apple fails?
gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - January 9, 2016 at 3:57am
Did y'all know that there is an actual petition for Apple to not remove the headphone jack? Over 217,000 have signed it so far and so have I. action.sumofus.org/a/iphone-headphone-jack/
SayingWhatEveryonesThinking
SayingWhatEveryonesThinking - January 9, 2016 at 3:52am
I use my headphones every day. It would be great if they were wireless, but what happens when the batteries in the headphones die? I hope they figure that one out. I also hope the headphones don't have the stupid beats logo.
Jacek
Jacek - January 8, 2016 at 11:51pm
To kloquewerk, how about car chargers and external batteries? Can't use them the same time as headphones.
Jayplier
Jayplier - January 8, 2016 at 9:59pm
Yeah, more forced adoption! Also... great to see Apple splintering its brand and product lineup. Beats headphones? Great! They'll interact with your new iPhone 7 using Cirrus technology and a new Lightning-connected EarPod that will not fit any other device on earth, and which you cannot replace without buying from Apple. Jobs would be spinning in his grave - his belovedly simple, focused company is becoming Microsoft (during the late 1990s). Tim Cook is ruining Apple.
gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - January 8, 2016 at 11:15pm
There's always a reason to eliminate something that helps move on to being wireless. It was necessary to get rid of the optical drive and even I was okay with that, but to just go ape shit over removed headphone jack? Just keep the iPhone with 2gb ram you have, not to mention upcoming 6c and 5s, but let's not also forget the one article here saying Jobs may have liked the beats acquisition but if you're going to say anything or complain about it, I'd suggest finding that article yourself and telling what you wanna say to them. Jobs wouldn't spin and Tim isn't ruining the company he's kept alive for 5 years now!
JonP
JonP - January 8, 2016 at 5:00pm
I'm fine with the removal of the headphone jack. There will most likely be a lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack accessory anyways so I don't see the need to worry.
MatrixXx
MatrixXx - January 10, 2016 at 5:36am
I hate adapters and I hate proprietary solutions replacing broadly accepted and perfectly well working standards. I will NEVER buy a phone without a headphone jack anymore. After a painful experience with a samsung dumbphone of yore I never bought any other phone with non-standard jacks. Not from samsung nor Nokia nor will I buy one from Apple.
Commentator
Commentator - January 8, 2016 at 4:39am
I rather have a shatter proof digitizer than a waterproof phone.
clown
clown - January 8, 2016 at 3:56am
No more support for older cars that have rc plugs in them. Or older stereo receivers that olny have rca plugs. However you can buy bluetooth to rca
clown
clown - January 8, 2016 at 3:54am
Of course the phone shows major improvements over older models. Their is not carriers discounts anymore, of course the best qualitys are the new and greatest .
John68
John68 - January 8, 2016 at 12:30am
Dear Apple, please remove the headphone jack, making the iPhone thinner. Also, please don't forget to make the phone's Smart Battery Case hump bigger, so that we get the same battery life as before. Ideally, it should weight 5 times the weight of the iPhone, so that the whole thing is nicely balanced. Oh, and don't forget to increase the _atrocious_ amount of SAR radiation your phones emit. My microwave oven has just broken down at work and I need something to heat my breakfast (along with my head).
Vic
Vic - January 8, 2016 at 12:23am
It's too soon for that. There will be a headphone jack no doubt in the next iPhone
unixes
unixes - January 8, 2016 at 12:02am
Charging and listening in the same time? And i'm not talking by an adapter.
kloquewerk
kloquewerk - January 8, 2016 at 12:25am
I think that's where the wireless charging, mentioned in the title, will come into play.
Frankie33
Frankie33 - January 7, 2016 at 11:56pm
I'm not sure why everyone is so upset about losing the headphone jack. There will be a relatively cheap adapter. Lightning headphones will sound better and this will help the push to everything wireless. I hate wired.
matrixmaniac
matrixmaniac - January 14, 2016 at 7:22am
I hate wireless (not for the lack of wires, but for the hassle to connect (and for the lower sound quality). At work I'm using my headset with my iPhone to isolate myself from open office noise and to take private calls. I connect it to my work PC to do video and tele conferences, I connect it to the land line phone, I use it on the airplane. There will never be a lightning port in all these places. Not even bluetooth. And switching a headset from one bluetooth device to another is an exercise of inconvenient settings management, patience and failures... I will never buy a phone without a standard headphone jack.
Ronz
Ronz - January 7, 2016 at 11:54pm
Apple is Apple, no matter what they do Apple clients will never change to something else
AverageReviewer
AverageReviewer - January 8, 2016 at 2:34am
As an apple loyalist due to iOS security I will probably switch to Nexus or Samsung because I use the AUX in my car everyday instead of dealing with troubleshooting my cars Bluetooth connection when it fails (it's rare but it does).
gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - January 8, 2016 at 2:39am
There is an upcoming upgraded 5S and a 6c coming. I wouldn't give up... yet.
Jacek
Jacek - January 8, 2016 at 11:51pm
Oh I would if they did it.
gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - January 7, 2016 at 11:51pm
So much for saving noise cancellation for current iPhones, let's hope the upgraded 5s and 6c has the same thinness with everything else here along with the headphone jack. Now have a better reason to wait after 7 and 7s (if the 5s or 6c is released afterwards).
Za
Za - January 7, 2016 at 11:51pm
Bluetooth better be hugely improved over the weirdness that exists today.
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