— チェイスフロム (@kyoufujibaya) January 19, 2016
One line found in the recently released iOS 9.3 beta 1.1 hints at the headphone jack’s future. According to a jailbreaker going by the Twitter handle @kyoufujibaya, the code reads “Headphones.have.%sinput.NO.” That suggests Apple could be paving the way for a wireless headphones and a Lightning based alternative.
It’s not totally conclusive, but it makes sense considering all the mounting speculation. If Apple does remove the headphone jack for the iPhone 7, it could potentially shave down the bottom bezel and create a thinner design overall.
An earlier find from the same jailbreaker also suggests Apple could have another big feature ready for the iPhone 7.
Li-Fi testing is already imminent. May appear in the next iPhone 7 according to iOS code in iOS 9.1 firmware. pic.twitter.com/MPK65QwLvp
— チェイスフロム (@kyoufujibaya) December 31, 2015
Light Fidelity (Li-Fi) is essentially a faster version of Wi-Fi capable of transferring data using visible light. Speed is a big advantage here, though the fact that light can’t pass through walls means it won’t be replacing Wi-Fi anytime soon. Still, Apple seems to be interested in implementing the new technology, or at least testing it out internally.
Apple’s expected to make some big changes when it releases the iPhone 7 later this year. The company still has some time to finalize any decisions, but it’s also already paving the way for a few exciting new features.