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Apple may change headphone jack on iPhone 7

Emma Clark

Published 23/09/2015 | 06:55

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iPhone 7

Apple has a patent for a new headphone connection called a D jack, which could render the 35mm jack - and all supported headphones - obsolete.

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This could spell bad news for anyone who has invested in a good set of headphones; Apple has patented a new technology showing an alternative way to connect headphones.

This new connection is called a “D jack” and has a diameter of just 2mm. This means that headphones would need a specific headphone connector.

Apple wants to make its phones thinner, but certain components, such as the standard 3.5mm headphone jack stand in the way of that. So it looks like Apple will take matters into its own hands. Of course, it means people will have to use headphones that fit this standard or use Bluetooth earbuds.

Leading up to the launch of the iPhone 6, there were rumours that Beats headphones would come with an exclusive adapter for the lightning port. Perhaps Beats will soon come with a D jack instead. Otherwise there doesn’t seem to be much logic behind Apple changing the iPhone’s headphones jack.




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