Rumours have been circling for quite some time now that the iPhone 7 won’t have a headphone jack. The standard 3.5 mm jack is rumoured to have been ditched in an effort to make the phone slimmer.
NME reports that “numerous technology sites say that Apple will encourage owners to listen to music via Bluetooth or wireless headphones”. There have also been suggestions that the newest generation of Apple earbuds to come with the phone will be lightning-ready. In other words, they will plug into the phone’s charging socket. Like the iPod shuffle.
More evidence now points towards Apple scrapping the traditional headphone jack on the upcoming iPhone 7. A new Chinese connector has appeared that would allow a user to plug in headphones to the phone’s charging socket. On one end of the adaptor is a headphone jack and at the other is an Apple-style mini-USB lightning plug. In between the two is volume control.
Although the product is not being advertised as “iPhone ready” and it’s unlikely that any such products will be announced before the iPhone 7 launch in September, it does hint that the rumours might not be false.
There are other rumours surrounding the new release, too, such as having a version with more than 256GB of memory. However, some claims state that Apple is waiting until 2017 to release a few innovations. These would be in celebration of the iPhone’s 10th anniversary. The headphone jack being ditched is one of the most solid rumours surrounding the upcoming phone.