Apple iPhone 7 Might Arrive Sans 3.5mm Headphone Jack

December 1, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Switching to the ultra-thin form factor means there’s an essential compromise; ditching of the standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

Oppo earlier started this trend when they launched R5, the then world’s thinnest smartphone. And, guess who’s following suit? It’s none other than Apple.

Apple is reportedly planning to make their next iPhone slimmer by around 1mm than their current iPhone 6S device. If that’s true, provision to fit a 3.5mm jack would only appear.


The standard jack already appears to be elbowed in the current iPhone 6 device, which measures 6.9mm in thickness. With the measurements getting further trimmed, Apple would barely find a space to fit the standard jack.

But that won’t mean that the support for headphones would be entirely shunned. There are Bluetooth headsets of course. Besides, Apple will also have a new Lightning connector port dedicated for audio plug-ins.

Future EarPods headsets will be arriving with an inbuilt lightning adapter at its end. But that won’t solve the entire issue. Apple must also have a lightning audio – 3.5 mm jack adapter supplied with the bundle.

Else, the task will go straight down to third party manufacturers for roping in support for lightning connectors.

We do have big players arriving with lightning-compatible models. Philips and JBL have launched their respective models at CES this year.And we believe there won’t be any hassle as we move forward.

Apple is yet to confirm the reports. However, their intent to ditch the 3.5mm jack for lightning audio was revealed earlier during WWDC last year. Back then, it was only a question of when, which is what being cleared off the mud with the latest reports.

Apart from the adapter changes, Apple is also looking forward to shuffle its display option, as reports suggest that they are pushing for OLED displays in their future devices.

But that change won’t be accompanying the new lightning-audio port, as they are expected to be present on board only for the devices that will get launched by 2017.

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