Because iPhones and other Apple products have sported a 3.5mm jack in port for nearly seven years up until this point, it comes as a surprise that the rumor which claims that the Apple iPhone 7 may no longer have a 3.5mm headset jack may not be more than a rumor after all.
This sudden shift comes alongside the company’s constant focus on creating slimmer and thinner smartphones, due to the fact that a 3.5mm port is pretty wide.
The rumor has been around for a couple of years at this point, but only now it may come to fruition due to the focus which the company currently applies to Lightning port based headphones. This will more than likely alienate some people because by having the Lightning port occupied by the headphones, you could no longer charge your phone at the same time.
The phone will still have Bluetooth headset support and the odds that Apple will release a 3.5m to Lightning converter alongside the new smartphone are still pretty high. If they will not do this first, other companies that specialize in converters will surely suffer an increase in sales and profits.
Lightning supporting headphones have been shown at this year’s CES in January and Apple has announced then that they would be offering companies which opt to make these types of headphones their full support.
Because the Lightning type port is used for charging the phone as well, the headphones may be able to drain the battery of the iPhone 7, raising even more problems towards the questionable design choice. Apple had already attempted to discard the 3.5mm jack in favor of a 2.5mm one, but because of the rarity of this port in normal daily life, it would have made Apple customers a bit wary, so they stuck with the 3.5mm one.
One has to wonder the length to which the company will actually go towards a thinner phone, and if this decreased width would actually be worth sacrificing the support of 3.5mm headphones which by the point are basically everywhere. This would probably be circumvented through the use of an adapter, but the problem still remains because you would have to purchase yet another peripheral for the phone in order to use it as one might want.
Information regarding the rumor that Apple iPhone 7 may no longer have a 3.5mm will probably be released at CES 2016 in January by the company so that people will know if they should still stick to their headphones or start considering to buy new ones along with the new iPhone.