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Rumor claims iPhone 7 may add second speaker in place of the headphone jack

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Rumor claims iPhone 7 may add second speaker in place of the headphone jack
It seems like a done deal that Apple will be ditching the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and there have been rumors that Apple had some sort of plan to improve the sound quality of the device itself. Now, there is a report that claims at least part of that plan might be to add a second speaker to the iPhone 7.

According to a Barclays research memo written by analysts Blayne Curtis and Christopher Hemmelgarn, Apple will use a second amp built by supplier Cirrus Logic to power the second speaker, which will likely be placed in the same spot as the removed headphone jack. This means that the iPhone 7 wouldn't the best stereo sound, despite having two speakers because they would both be on the bottom edge of the phone. However, the report also noted that the iPhone 7 will not use dynamic noise cancellation, but use a basic digital codec instead, leaving built-in noise cancellation to be one of the upgrades made in the iPhone 7s.

Another interesting part of the report is regarding what might come packaged with the iPhone. Earlier rumors had guessed that Apple might include Bluetooth earbuds, but the new report makes more sense by saying Apple will actually include cabled earbuds that connect via the Lightning port. It would certainly be more like Apple to support its own tech and not a standard like Bluetooth. 

source: AppleInsider

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posted on 12 Feb 2016, 20:32 3

1. ChaoticRage (Posts: 20; Member since: 15 Jan 2016)


That's good if it's true. Bring it Apple.

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 01:35 9

19. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


That's not good at all, who would be listening crappy sound from little speakers? I woud rather keep HP jack

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 06:16 4

25. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1960; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


The problem is they are both on the same side.

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 09:42 2

32. Finalflash (Posts: 3224; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


The real problem is that now Apple is in the business of selling air. They're going to use the "sound chambers" as an excuse to not fill that empty space with more battery. The ipad air could have lasted twice as long if they decided not to fill it with air.

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 13:14 1

43. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1960; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


That way the name iPad "Air" would really make sense.

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 13:58

44. Finalflash (Posts: 3224; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea, I'm hearing that the iPad Air 3 contains 100% more air than before with new sound chamber technology.

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 10:36 1

36. xondk (Posts: 1598; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Good? no, not one bit, because then it will mean that it will bring more obnoxious people playing music on their phone in public because they think it sounds soo great.. so yeah.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 20:34 2

2. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2714; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


A second speaker is awesome and all but I'm going to miss the headphone jack (if i get an iPhone 7) I have at least $150 worth of wired earbuds that would become useless. I use bluetooth earbuds 80% of the time but when they need to charge I rely on my wired earbuds, smh.

I'm sure there will be an adapter but I shouldn't one.

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 00:16

16. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2714; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Need* one

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 08:46

29. j2001m (Posts: 2979; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Samsung s7 edge as got you covered

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 16:42 1

47. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2714; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I don't want a samsung device tho so no.

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 09:42

51. bucky (Posts: 2699; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Don't worry, Samsung will follow suit very shortly.

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 10:38

37. xondk (Posts: 1598; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


how is a second speaker awesome? you aren't going to effectively hear true stereo with such a small speaker separation...

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 16:41

46. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2714; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


extra loudness is plus even if its slight.

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 00:17

48. xondk (Posts: 1598; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Not sure I agree, as that loudness always to me ends up being used by someone who thinks their music or whatever should be blaring out in public, though yeah, that is more a people issue then phone issue.

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 00:45

50. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2714; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


That's not what i meant. message notification and getting a phone call., that's what extra loudness is good for.

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 16:28

52. xondk (Posts: 1598; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


ah well I can understand that, though at least to me, it isn't going to get used for its actual advantages. We will see I guess.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 20:45 1

3. Unordinary (Posts: 1957; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Too bad not four like the iPad

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 23:42 1

15. eden555 (Posts: 29; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)


just get front facing speakers. its better than on the side

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 20:52 12

4. Macready (Posts: 1136; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


Stereo sound from speakers sitting an inch and a half apart. Awesome, totally worth the sacrifice....

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 04:51 2

23. ibend (Posts: 5127; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


dont worry, each of them will automagically direct audio to each listener ear.. with the power of bias...

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 21:04 7

5. Emmanuelz (Posts: 167; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


Dont do that you can't get rid of 3.5 headphone jack that should be illegal

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 21:29 1

6. Elfmonster (unregistered)


I've sworn off apple for life but this lightning music quality thing is the most alluring feature I've heard from Apple in years.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 21:38 9

7. Macready (Posts: 1136; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


It's what we call receiving a cigar from your own box of cigars in the Netherlands. It doesn't add anything that wasn't already possible, or in fact already done (through USB for example).

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 22:11 1

10. Elfmonster (unregistered)


I see. This is Android's big fail in audio. Android claimed it would bring usb headphone capability but it has not.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 22:20 11

11. tedkord (Posts: 12308; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Not a fail. Nobody wants it.

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 03:53 1

22. Macready (Posts: 1136; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


It did, it's up to you if you want to use it or not. See for example:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/z-ero-the-world-s-1st-digital-earphone#/

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 08:27

28. ameran (Posts: 299; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Macready,
I am sure that Apple would call this kind technology it's own innovation, even the technology has been existed for a while. Thank you for sharing that link.

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 13:07

42. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3323; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Thank you VERY much for shearing those. Based on the reviews on Amazon, it's totally worth it:

http://smile.amazon.com/Z-ero-Digital-Earphone-Red/dp/B00WI79EK0/ref=lp_12087666011_1_2?srs=12087666011&ie=UTF8&qid=1455390117&sr=8-2

Purchased one for my OnePlus One, will be a great backup for whenever my BlueBuds X loose charge :D

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 06:52

27. zacsaturday (Posts: 211; Member since: 09 May 2014)


It did, one of the slimmest phones released (I think it was a Gionee) had no jack and used the microUSB port as a headphone jack. They learnt their lesson for trying to remove the jack.

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