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Is this proof that the iPhone 7 won’t feature a headphone jack?

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Fans of the 3.5mm audio jack may want to look away now…

The iPhone 7 is looking less and less likely to feature a headphone jack, it seems. A new iPhone 7 case leak has appeared online, and there’s no sign of the port.

The leak comes courtesy of prolific leaker and journalist Steve Hemmerstoffer.

Check it out:

As seen in the leak, the cases have space for speakers, buttons and a Lightning port, but no standalone headphone port hole.

The images match a long-standing rumour that Apple is abandoning the jack socket for the next flagship iPhone.

Related: Why the iPhone 7 without a headphone jack is bad for you

Instead, it’s said that headphones will connect via the Lightning port, just like an Apple charger.

This has caused plenty of controversy among Apple fans, many of whom are concerned that they’ll have to buy new equipment to listen to music using the iPhone 7.

Do you think Apple is right to ditch the headphone jack? Let us know in the comments.

Dead Words

March 9, 2016, 3:01 pm

No! I agree that the 3.5mm headphone jack should eventually be phased out, but not like this. First, we need an alternative. A superior port that will mimic the 3.5mm headphone jack while giving us higher quality audio, higher power efficiency, and in a more compact form. All while not sacrificing the usability of other parts of the phone (ahem, lightning port, I'm looking at you). Then companies can slowly start replacing the 3.5mm headphone jack with this new standard, let people get used to it (like USB Type-C). We can't just have Apple go "Nah screw the headphone jack and screw all of you we're going to go all in with now warning and no preparation. Boom, headphone jack is gone." I will lose the little respect I have for Apple if they try to shake the market so suddenly like that.

MattMe

March 9, 2016, 4:19 pm

None of this makes sense. How can you phase it in? Run a 3.5mm and this magic port you're talking about at the same time? At the end of the day, whatever shape the port is, if a move is required the old will be dropped and the new will take it's place.
Unless we move to USB headphones, in which case a lot of phones already have both (excluding iPhones).

I don't really believe phones are thin enough to warrant dropping the 3.5mm port yet, this is certainly more a marketing ("Hey guys look at this HI-RES audio you get on an Apple iPhone!") than something most will benefit from (other than bragging rights).

Long-term yes, we may need a thinner port, and yes, moving the DAC to the headphone manufacturer may lead to better quality audio, but I wouldn't expect that to be the norm. You'll pay a lot for the better quality DAC and better quality headphones; whereas if the DAC is part of the phone the cost is spread out over the entire devicw and makes little difference.
Very few consumers will benefit from moving the DAC to the headphones.

Dead Words

March 9, 2016, 4:51 pm

I'm not saying a new change is needed now, in fact that's another reason I disagree with these rumors. You phase it in by not suddenly dropping it everywhere. Again, like microUSB and USB Type-C.

🇦🇺Marshall

March 10, 2016, 3:21 am

If (IF) this happens, it's nothing but a funnel towards purchasing Beats wireless headphones. AKA a money grab.

Eugen

March 10, 2016, 7:40 am

I think the 3.5mm jack is a bad connector, it always breaks, it's a pain
in the ass to solder etc. We need some kind of in-line xlr type
connector instead to make a better connection. But replacing the jack with a
proprietary digital port is like replacing your shoes with stilts.

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