Apple will ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack for iPhone 7 to make the device even thinner, according to a new rumor. The company is expected to provide new EarPods that plug into the Lightning port instead, while pushing wireless Bluetooth headphones.
Sources speaking to Japanese blog Macotakara, which has been reliable in the past, claim that by removing the headphone jack, Apple’s engineers can make next year’s iPhone at least 1mm thinner. However, it seems unlikely to us that the company is ready to make that move just yet.
Apple actually made the iPhone 6s slightly thicker this year to accommodate the new 3D Touch display, so the headphone jack isn’t the only thing that is preventing it from making the iPhone thinner; the company would also have to find slimmer display technology.
Given that 3D Touch is still in its infancy, that seems somewhat unlikely at this stage. We should also consider that Apple would likely have to make the iPhone’s battery thinner, and reduce the size of other internal components — especially the camera — to make the handset slimmer.
We recommend taking this report with a pinch of salt for now, then, but we certainly don’t doubt that Apple is at least considering ways in which it can make the iPhone thinner than ever in the future.
Apple has previously patented new headphone jack designs that are slimmer than the existing standard, which could be one option. However, it’s unlikely it would introduce a new standard when its existing Lightning port can accept headphones already.
Lightning-compatible headphones are already available, and sources say Apple will introduce new EarPods with a Lightning connector. It’s thought the company could also offer Lightning adapters that allow users to plug in traditional 3.5mm headphones should they want to.
It’s not like you wouldn’t be able to use headphones with this future iPhone at all, then — and of course, there’s always wireless Bluetooth headphones, which are becoming increasingly popular as they get more affordable. But again, we probably won’t have to worry about this for a while yet.