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Next Apple iPhone once again said to drop 3.5mm headphone jack for thinner forms

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Look ma, no headphone jack!

Look ma, no headphone jack!


The next Apple iPhone might indeed drop the ubiquitous 3.5mm headphone jack and give consumers the option to use the Lightning port for their head gear, or use wireless headphones. We've been hearing this rumor over and over again, first from Japanese blog Mac Otakara, seconded by 9to5Mac, and now FastCompany's Mark Sullivan says it has inside sources that also confirm this.

Skipping the 3.5mm headphone jack in the new iPhone (allegedly, the iPhone 7) will make it possible for Apple to make the device even thinner and sleeker looking. The company is also reported to be adding wireless, magnetic charging capabilities to its next iPhone, and it could also make it waterproof.

So how credible is this particular rumor? Daring Fireball's John Gruber was quick to dissect it and point out that despite FastCompany's respected name as a source, Sullivan himself has a spotty record with Apple. The journalist wrongly said that Apple was working with Swatch to release its smartwatch, a partnership that seems to have never taken place.

Thinner, waterproof, with wireless charging

There are also a few strange predictions in this particular report. Firstly, the report claims that Apple will most likely not include any headphones with the new iPhone and sell Lightning port-connected headphones separately. So far, every iPhone has been sold with a pair of earbuds, so that would be a very atypical move for Apple.

The second alarming suggestion that deviates from Apple's typical style is about the possibility of the company bundling a 3.5mm headset adapter in the box of the new iPhone. Apple is known for being the first to make radical changes like dropping CD/DVD players, but at the same time, the company has so far never provided adapters to the old standard in the box. Instead, it is selling such adapters separately (and usually for a considerable price).

With these red flags in mind, one should take this report - or at least some parts of it - with a grain of salt. With so much smoke about Apple dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack, though, there might be actual fire and what is considered a wild proposition might actually become a reality this fall. The motivation for Apple would certainly be improved audio quality, as well as less of an entanglement with wires and an incentive to switch to a truly wireless future. That's something the company has pushed with its new, 12" Macbook (it does have a 3.5mm jack, though), and it seems logical for the company to continue with this in 2016.

Would the lack of a 3.5mm headset jack in a phone be a dealbreaker for you? Let us know your thoughts about all this in the comments section.

source: FastCompany

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posted on 08 Jan 2016, 03:55 34

1. EcoCare (Posts: 434; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


Dumb Apple.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 05:02 2

23. KyleRiemen (Posts: 128; Member since: 29 Oct 2014)


Actually not a big issue. Just put that adapter on your headphone jack and leave it there.
But i dont see the benefit of going thinner and thinner, and more lightweight. The bigger a phone is, the harder it is to encompass it and you start to balance the phone on your hand, but for balancing you need a certain amount of weight and grip.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 05:39 1

37. Ahovking (Posts: 710; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


There is nothing dumb about ditching the headphone jack.. it is a industry standard, yes but so was CD/DVD players.

Current headphone jack are analog and have their limitations.. having a digital headphone jack would not only allow the potential of handling larger amounts of information faster but also allow information to travel both ways leading to potentially a interesting opportunity for headphone makers

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 05:56 29

45. razraptre (Posts: 168; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Dude, what do you even smoke? Audio files are stored in digital, and converted to analogue. Every device needs a digital-to-analogue converter, or at least the headset needs one inbuilt.
We can't 'hear' digital signals bruh xD

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 06:42 7

59. Switch00 (Posts: 482; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


001110011000? 0111? 011101011!!!

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 07:26 2

63. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Industry standard? How so? What other phones do you see that doesn't have a headphone jack?

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 12:02

102. azimesmail (Posts: 169; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)


He meant that headphone jacks are industry standard, but so were CD/DVD players/drives and now they're not.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 12:18

107. frydaexiii (Posts: 1460; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


They were an industry standard like 6-7 years ago, way before the smartphone era. I remember using a Sony Ericsson W850 and having to use a stupid converter to use my own headphones instead of the ones provided. And chargers had an extra slot at the bottom of the charging port just in case you wanna listen to music while the phone was charging.

Nice to see Apple trying to bring technology back 7 years.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 13:25 3

109. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


I hope they fail this time.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 16:00

136. BradyCrack (Posts: 733; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)


Every comment is pure hate on Apple lol

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 16:47

139. Diezparda (Posts: 874; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Pure hate? are you simply justifying their decission?

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 21:55

143. BradyCrack (Posts: 733; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)


Sorry was talking about hexa-core.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 17:14

141. Mr.Z. (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 08 Jan 2016)


I hope it goes bankruptcy.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 10:22 6

82. tedkord (Posts: 12314; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It absolutely is dumb. It's going backwards. Smartphones used to use the power port as an all inclusive port. My Samsung Omnia did. It sucked then, it sucks now.

CD/DVD didn't disappear, they were replaced with an updated version, bluray, which is not only the same form factor, but is totally backwards compatible.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 15:02

113. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10756; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Your second paragraph is very true. But no one has created such while the standard headphone jack exists. If they really wanted to make audio better, they could have still came up with the concept already.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 09:28

75. medtxa (Posts: 1133; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


Non standard thing and adapters is hassle and a big issue. Thin and lightweight is preferable for smatphone. And your talking BS about balancing phone on hand.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 09:40 1

76. tokuzumi (Posts: 995; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


Why is thin preferable for a smartphone? Thin just makes the phone harder to hold onto. Also, a device with a little weight to it actually feels like it has higher quality.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 11:05 5

94. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


And thin phones are prone to bend more easily.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 15:03 1

114. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10756; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


No Samsung phones. Only those iPhones. lol

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 05:35 15

35. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


And they will then sell a headphone adapter for $99

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 12:03 1

104. azimesmail (Posts: 169; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)


The rumours suggest that it'll be included with the phone. They're gonna give the same earpods as they do now, but with a lighting to 3.5mm adapter included in the box.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 15:04

115. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10756; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Which would be stupid because the digital signal is being turned into an analog one. May as well leave it the same. Right?

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 22:09

148. azimesmail (Posts: 169; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)


Depends what they're trying to do. I'll hold off condemning them until we actually see the device.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 15:24

124. marorun (Posts: 3922; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Thats would be a good move but they need to include free of charge an adaptor thats permit charging at the same time as using headphone.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 22:09

147. azimesmail (Posts: 169; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)


I agree, maybe they'll add wireless charging?

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 06:40

58. Switch00 (Posts: 482; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


It's like going back to the caves. AAAAAArgh!!!

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 09:56 1

78. cncrim (Posts: 855; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Hey moving forward, it could be good feature haven't prove itself. History have prove us change is good so need to think outside of the box.

Take a look at BB dis original iphone than what happen to them? another one is Nokia.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 10:23 3

83. tedkord (Posts: 12314; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


History had proven that change can be either good or bad. In this case, it's bad.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 15:24

125. marorun (Posts: 3922; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Apple been dissing android and the oem thats make them for years now.

See where i am going with this?

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 03:56 33

2. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1966; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Seriously Apple, STOP THIS STUPID THINNESS TREND NONSENSE.

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