Wednesday 28 September 2016

iPhone looks very likely to lose headphone jack

Paul Mallon

Published 08/01/2016 | 09:43

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We've heard reports before of the Apple iPhone losing its built in headphone jack and now the news is surfacing again

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We've previously reported on a rumour that Apple could be removing the headphone jack from its upcoming iPhones, and that news is surfacing again from another source.

The latest report comes from Fast Company and comes from an insider with knowledge of Apple and its products. The deal is that Apple wants to make the iPhone 7 significantly thinner than the current models and the round nature of the headphone jack makes that impossible right now. Instead they'll include a flat Lightning slot which would be able to provide the audio information required and also power for potential noise cancelling phones.

Noise cancelling is certainly a solid addition to the iPhone set up but is it worth the inconvenience of guaranteeing that every user will have to modify their headphones in order to use it with the new iPhone? It is being suggested that Apple won't include compatible headphones in the box and will instead sell them at a premium. Some sources are suggesting a 3.5mm to Lighting convertor could be provided for free, but that doesn't sound too likely.

The iPhone 7 might also have Wireless charging and waterproofing, but that's not going to make it any easier to plug in your expensive earphones.

More as we get it.

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