Apple might ditch the headphone jack on the iPhone 7

By Shawn Knight ยท 24 replies
Nov 30, 2015
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  1. Next year’s iPhone may ditch a piece of legacy technology that’s been around since Sony introduced it in 1979: the 3.5mm headphone jack.

    Japanese tech site Mac Otakara claims Apple is planning to ship the iPhone 7 without the trusty headphone jack found on millions of electronic devices. In its absence, Apple would rely on its Lightning port as the physical audio interface and include a set of Lighting-ready EarPods with each new phone.

    Eliminating the port would allow Apple to slim down the next iPhone by a full millimeter, the rumor claims.

    As far as iPhone rumors go, this one isn’t as far-fetched as it may seem for a few reasons.

    Around this time last year, word got out that Apple was opening its Lightning port to third-party accessory manufacturers. Since that time, we’ve seen a number of headphones hit the market with Lightning connectors such as the Philips Fidelio M2Ls.

    Those not yet ready to make the jump to Lightning-based headphones will need to use some sort of 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter. People that exclusively use wireless Bluetooth headphones won’t be impacted by the change.

    Apple has a history of dropping legacy technology from its products, spurring the industry to follow suit. The original iMac didn’t include a floppy drive which meant more people turned to USB; the same can be said about ditching the optical drive when things started moving to digital delivery. And most recently, Apple has done away with nearly all ports on the 12-inch MacBook in favor of a single USB Type-C connection.

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  2. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 955   +515

    This is going to piss off a lot of people... especially the companies that use the 3.5mm for their hardware adaptations...
    Killis likes this.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,665   +1,950

    Apple is the biggest in the world manufacturer of pointless adapters.

    If Apple were into bathroom accessories, they would be making square toilets, with rounded seats as adapters.

    Oh look, another adapter on the way! Throw away all your expensive headphones!
  4. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,336   +843

    I would say majority of people would rather have a thicker phone than a slim phone without 3.5mm jack and thinner battery. People who don't know what they want will get an iPhone anyway.
    Killis, didactic and Reehahs like this.
  5. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,320

    This is literally the dumbest thing I've seen in weeks.
    Killis likes this.
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    I'm sure they're more than willing to make every user of SQUARE buy a shiny new, overpriced Apple adapter. And anyone else that doesn't buy headphones with Apple proprietary technology. Lightning capable headphones would already be giving Apple a cut for the licensing fee, this would just force more people to use them.

    I'm pretty sure every news story about Apple makes me happy that I'm an Android user.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Well if you've heard the sound quality from their Beats headthings then it's easy to understand.
  8. Musician

    Musician TS Enthusiast Posts: 27   +20

    I don't need my phone to be paper thin, I need it to be function with all my earphones and headphones. I'd bid l Apple goodbye if they ditch the 3.5mm.
    Killis likes this.
  9. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    I don't need another thing with a battery to monitor and don't want to spend $40 on a new adapter just to get my already working headphones to work with a new phone.
  10. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,374   +69

    It's just called greed. How much proprietary money do they wanna make?
  11. poohbear

    poohbear TS Addict Posts: 149   +83

    Meh, I've been using bluetooth since 2012. No need for wires anymore especially when I workout.
  12. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

    Why can't you guys see how awesome this is?

    You get this magical experience of listening to your headphones while NOT charging your iPhone. You're going to love it.
    Killis likes this.
  13. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    Well, if only it stops lint from accumulating in my jack... and if the adapter is cheap.

  14. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    No usb, now no head phone jack? Fan boys charge! I really don't get why you pick a "side" for xbox, ps or android apple. It must be the same element corporations use via their political puppets to confuse people with right vs left politics. Perhaps I should move to the forest and build a shack haha.

    Next I'd be complaining about the brown squirrels feuding with the grey squirrels. Never ends.
    Killis likes this.
  15. aMerkuri

    aMerkuri TS Enthusiast Posts: 49   +19

    Next thing Apple should remove is charger plug!
    Killis likes this.
  16. lripplinger

    lripplinger TS Addict Posts: 283   +98

  17. JamesandBennie

    JamesandBennie TS Booster Posts: 170   +14

    So I have to buy and carry a dongle everywhere? Or keep one with every device? What a pain...I don't really mind using a thicker iPhone.
    Killis likes this.
  18. Zahid Iqbal1

    Zahid Iqbal1 TS Rookie Posts: 25

    Its just another example of Apple monopoly. Just like Apple Bluetooth
  19. Mandark

    Mandark TS Booster Posts: 76   +22

    I am going to wait and see. They may not drop it. As it is, I rarely use headphones with it anyway, but we'll see
  20. Killis

    Killis TS Rookie

    That would be stupid. So if you need to charge up while playing music over a non Bluetooth speaker or a PA system you are SOL. Why the obsession with thinness? It's plenty thin enough already. Why try to make the phone the size of a credit card??
  21. Killis

    Killis TS Rookie

    It would be a deal breaker for me.
  22. Killis

    Killis TS Rookie

    Agreed. Complete foolishness.
  23. Killis

    Killis TS Rookie

    Me too. I rely on the 3.5" line out almost daily.
  24. OortCloud

    OortCloud TS Addict Posts: 173   +56

    All that functionality over form - its not the Apple way.

    Product user acceptance test transcript....

    Looks nice? Check.
    Expensive? Check.
    Apple logo? Check.
    Non-upgradeable? Check.
    Non-repairable? Check.
    Non-functional? Check.

    Ok - its good to go.
  25. Elit3ia

    Elit3ia TS Rookie

    This is great, now you'll no longer be able to use headphones while the device is charging.

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