Furthermore, in case you’re wondering, Bluetooth headphones will work just fine with the iPhone 7. According to Japanese Apple blog Mac Otakara (via Apple Insider), Apple might ditch the traditional 3.5mm audio jack in…
Furthermore, in case you’re wondering, Bluetooth headphones will work just fine with the iPhone 7.
According to Japanese Apple blog Mac Otakara (via Apple Insider), Apple might ditch the traditional 3.5mm audio jack in the next iPhone because it’s too wide. And the 3.5mm stereo port is the standard all over; ditching that would be a seismic shift in how we interact with and connect to our devices.
“The report claims that Apple will bundle Lightning connector-equipped EarPods with the next iPhone, incorporating a tiny DA (Digital to Analog) converter into the connector”, according to 9to5Mac. Philips has been building Lightning-equipped Fidelio M2L and Fidelio NC1L headphones over the past 14 months, MacRumors reported. But don’t be surprised if this comes to fruition, as Apple has already included support to allow companies to create headphones with Lightning connectors and they made their debut at CES in January. As the rumor suggests, it allows for slimmer designs.
Apple has installed the 3.5mm headphone jack on all its devices over the last seven years. Since the Lightning connector is all-digital, Apple’s solution could give headphones more access to system controls.
You can make thinner and thinner smartphones, sure, but at some point, you’re going to run up against one big issue: the size of the physical connections on the device itself. It also surfaces questions about charging the iPhone while a headphone is plugged in.
If this report is accurate, Apple’s move would open the floodgates for manufacturers of 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapters.
If your headphones can use the iPhone as a power source, that might drain the iPhone’s battery faster.
If the rumor is true, it’s nearly guaranteed Apple will also announce a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter to allow users to use their current headphones with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
A similar move like this has happened before.
If no adapter will be available at all, which seems unlikely, customers would need to exclusively use Apple EarPods or buy entirely new headphones with Lightning plugs to listen to music with the new iPhones. Some of the features that might make its way to the iPhone 7 could also be the new Smart Connector.