Sunday 4 December 2016

Does iOS 9.3's source code hint at the future of the headphone jack?

Emma Clark

Published 20/01/2016 | 04:24

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The public beta for iOS 9.3 is underway and the source code of the operating system may reveal some interesting info about where the iPhone is going.

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There have been many rumours of late that the next iPhone will not feature the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. With the iOS 9.3 public beta 1.1 underway, developers are digging into the source code to see if there is anything of interest to be found there.

A developer posted a string of code to Twitter that says: “Headphones.have.%sinput.NO". This may indicate that the headphone jack will be no more. But there are suspicions that it’s not a string of valid code. Unfortunately, without access to the beta, titbits of info like this are all we have to go on.

Even if it is valid code, there are headphones that don’t utilise the headphone jack to connect to an iPhone, so the code may also be a reference to accessories like those.

Support for the headphone jack to stay is strong; more than 200,000 people signed a petition asking Apple to maintain the traditional jack. Of course, Apple tends to do what it thinks is best, even if that means convincing consumers about the benefits of a feature or product. We’ll have to wait until sometime later this year to see what Apple has in store for the headphone jack.

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