Apple to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the next iPhone.
A source with knowledge of Apple’s plans has confirmed to Fast Company that the next iPhone – most likely iPhone 7 – will come without a headphone jack. This bold and daring move will see Apple’s newly awaited iPhone come with a thinner body.
Rumours regarding the next iPhone have been circulating for a number of months now and leaks from sources all indicate to this intrepid move. On the 28th of November 2015, the often-reliable Japanese website Mac Otakara, announced that Apple would be removing the headphone jack to make the iPhone thinner. The announcement also stated that the IPhone would maintain its body shape and would likely be 1mm thinner than the current model.
Back in June of 2014, Apple released their MFi program, which allowed developers to create headphones to connect to iOS devices using the lightning port. The benefits of the lightning port as an audio transmitter is the ability to receive lossless stereo audio at 48kHz and sending mono 48kHz audio input. Furthermore, the use of the lighting port allows the headphones to draw power from the iPhone battery itself, meaning headphones could become lighter and cheaper without the need for an internal battery.
Fast-tracking to the start of 2016, Fast Company’s source suggests that Apple has been working with audio chip partner Cirrus Logic to adapt the audio chipset in the current iPhones to work with the Lightning port. The source further says that the new IPhone will carry noise-cancellation technology produced by Wolfson Microelectronics, a UK based company was bought by Cirrus Logic in 2014.
Third-party headphone makers are quickly adapting their product lines to accommodate for the newly awaited lightning port. However, when browsing the internet, many are very overpriced and with there no guarantee of the 3.5mm jack disappearing, it’s hard to justify the price at the moment. With the purchase of Beats, Fast Company suggests that Apple may sell headphones and earphones separately under the Beats brand.
Apple is expected to release their new IPhone this Fall and as the year progresses more information will become available.
Stay tuned for more…