Apple's subsequent iPhone reportedly ditches the headphone jack

Apple's next iPhone reportedly ditches the headphone jack

Apple’s quest for ever-thinner, ever-smarter units might produce one other casualty: your iPhone’s headphone jack. A rumor at MacOtakara claims that the subsequent iPhone may drop the three.5mm port and use the Lightning port for audio as an alternative. The transfer would let Apple slim its telephone even additional (reportedly, over 1mm thinner than the iPhone 6s) and reap the benefits of Lightning’s options, comparable to headphone-based mostly DACs and app launching. You’d have to make use of an adapter for any typical wired headphones, or else make the leap to Bluetooth.

You will need to take this rumor with an enormous grain of salt. MacOtakara does not have the best monitor document, and so much might change within the 10 months between now and the longer term iPhone’s potential launch in September subsequent yr. We might add that such a change-up is perhaps a bit past the pale — solely a handful of corporations make Lightning-based mostly headphones, and there is no assure that others will bend over backwards to hitch them.

With that stated, there’s precedent for strikes like this. A couple of Chinese language distributors already make tremendous-skinny smartphones that drop the headphone jack in favor of USB sound. Apple would simply be increasing on that idea by supplying you with options that are not attainable with a easy USB audio passthrough.

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