Citing sources that can be relied upon, the Japanese blog, Macotakara claims that Apple is planning to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack on its forthcoming iPhone to reduce the device’s thickness by almost 1mm. The screen shape and radius of the device, however, will be similar to the previous model, iPhone 6s.
If these rumours that began on Friday are to be believed, users of Apple’s future handset, iPhone 7, might have to invest in Lightning or Bluetooth-connected headphones. Apple will probably introduce earphones with a built-in digital-to-analog converter to overcome the absence of a headphone jack.
Third-party Bluetooth headphone manufacturers will not face many challenges but, third-party wired headphone makers will need to include either Lightning cables or 3.5mm to Lightning adapters with their headphones to make them compatible with the upcoming iPhone.
Last year at a “Designing Accessories for iOS and OS X” session conducted at WWDC, Apple hinted that they might switch to Lightning-enabled headphone accessories. But only a few Lightning headphones have been actually designed or shipped since then.
In the past few years, quite a few technology giants have incorporated the Lightning audio technology in their devices. Philips’ Fidelo M2L headphone is one such example.
In order to make its devices thinner, many years ago Apple tried to switch to a 2.5 mm headphone port, however, they gave up the idea as the users were not very pleased with the change.