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Report: Apple to ditch 3.5mm jack to make iPhone 7 a millimetre thinner

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Apple is planning to remove the trusty 3.5mm audio jack from its next generation iPhone 7 handset, according to reports.

Macotakara sources (via 9to5Mac) claim the company plans to go for a Lightning-only solution for wired headphones.

While that would make charging and listening to headphones simultaneously very difficult, Apple hopes to make the device 1mm thinner as a result.

Apple introduced support for Lightning headphones under its Made for iPhone platform in 2014, with a few manufacturers like Philips and JBL jumping on board.

If the reports come to fruition, users will still be able to use Bluetooth headphones, but that’s hardly likely to please those folks with expensive wired cans.

Regardless, the firm will probably do what it always does and release a clunky £25 adapter.

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The rumoured decision might further explain the $3 billion purchase of the Beats headphones company in 2014. It means Apple will be able to produce its own sets of Lightning-cabled headphones to sell alongside the new iPhones.

Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumours Apple is considering ditching the traditional 3.5mm jack from its smartphones.

In September we reported on a new patent application that revealed a half-height solution that’d make life pretty awkward for everyone.

If the 3.5mm jack does go to silicon heaven, it’s unclear whether the firm will bundle in an equally terrible pair of Lightning headphones to replace the current 3.5mm EarPods.

toboev

November 27, 2015, 10:08 pm

It's millimetre. So that's two "l"s in the middle, and -re at the end.

Mikem

November 27, 2015, 10:26 pm

That's ridiculous*, I like my iPhone, but I can't see myself ever wanting to ditch the convenience of the standard jack vs. a (likely more prone to bending) thinner handset.

*Added note: That's not to say I don't believe Apple will do it mind...

Dead Words

November 27, 2015, 11:26 pm

There's no way Apple would be stupid enough to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack! Every other time a company (eherm..Oppo) has done that to make their phone thinner it always ends in a mediocre and frustrating smartphone experience.

Dead Words

November 27, 2015, 11:27 pm

You're right that there should be two "l"'s but the "-re" at the end is a case of regional spelling. For example, colour and color. Grey and gray. Etcetera.

Prem Desai

November 28, 2015, 12:27 am

I wish manufacturers would focus on fixing issues that need fixing like longer battery life, unbreakable screens, etc rather than this.

It's not as if the current iphone isn't skinny and slippery enough ...

Dead Words

November 28, 2015, 12:49 am

Apple prefers aesthetics and beauty over practicality and function. Samsung has also gone this route. Microsoft has gone the opposite way (fantastic practicality and function but not a whole lot of beauty with the new Lumias).

toboev

November 28, 2015, 1:43 am

Oh get off. It's a UK website. But if they want to pander to US spellings then they would need to change "rumoured".

John X

November 28, 2015, 4:46 am

This writer is clearly biased against Apple with all his opinions/attitude. Trusted reviews? Yeah right.

Dead Words

November 28, 2015, 1:59 pm

Perhaps they prefer "millimeter" to "millimetre." I use "grey" instead of "gray" because I prefer the look of it.

Eno

November 28, 2015, 3:59 pm

In translation: Apple is removing 3,5mm jack to introduce a proprietary format to milk more money out of it's customers.

Ed

November 30, 2015, 3:30 pm

Chris is our US reporter so some regional variations are bound to slip through the net. No excuse for the missing L though. Both have now been corrected.

Dead Words

November 30, 2015, 8:56 pm

Thank you

FromTokyo

November 30, 2015, 10:24 pm

And a cookie is given.

Dead Words

December 1, 2015, 3:45 am

Does this cookie come with free shipping?

rebirthofcool

December 2, 2015, 12:08 am

3.5mm audio port aside, Apple needs to address the (continued) trade off in battery life whenever they change the iphone design. makes me painfully remember how my (then) ipod touch can't even lasts more than 2 hours of gaming which is ironic given that it was being marketed as a portable gaming device. going back to the iphone, iOS continues to adapt more features but you know what? you won't be able to use (exploit) all those features if the phone's battery can't support your usage all day long..just because Apple has this (futile) obsession of making their device (ever) thinner sacrificing utility. if Android users hate Samsung's laggy Touchwiz, most (and previous) iOS device users are starting to hate Apple as well...don't forget to include the measly 16GB iphone and iPad offerings and the recently launched iPadPro with 32GB non-expandable storage space.

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