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iPhone 7 again tipped to kill off the 3.5mm headphone jack

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iPhone 7 again tipped to kill off the 3.5mm headphone jack
There were disconcerting rumors recently claiming that Apple might be planning to not include a 3.5mm headphone jack in the next version of the iPhone. Many around the internet hoped such rumors were just Apple testing out everything with the ultimate result of keeping the audio standard after hearing the outrage of the people. Unfortunately, that might not be how this goes.

More reports from the Chinese supply chain are claiming that Apple will in fact kill off the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7. The rumor has it that Apple would include a Bluetooth version of its standard Earbuds in the package with the iPhone. Of course, this wouldn't mean that there will be no way to use wired headphones; it's just that you'll have to pay for either a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter or headphones that use the Lightning adapter. Either way, you'd have to buy something from Apple that might be more than you'd want to pay for headphones. 

The general explanation has been that Apple wants to kill the 3.5mm jack in order to make the iPhone 7 even thinner than previous models (because obviously a thinner phone is exactly what everyone has been asking for, right?) But, the cynical view shows that this might have been part of why Apple bought Beats in the first place: force users to buy new headphones and have a bigger first-party selection right in the Apple Store. 

source: Feng & Anzhuo via pocketnow

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posted on 05 Jan 2016, 09:54

1. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8344; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Well they could still easily make headphones that would still have the 3.5MM plug on the end, along with the Lightning connector.

All this does will force ifans to buy Apple's options until lower costing 3rd party solutions are available.

The phone doesn't need to be any thinner. The thinner a phone gets, the more fragile it is.
No one is asking for thinner phones.

Also I think all headphones at this point should have Bluetooth. We dont need physical connections. If everyone went BT, they prices of the options would be as cheap as non-BT options.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:02 3

4. UglyFrank (Posts: 1580; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Bluetooth headphones are less practical because they need to be charged.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:27 15

9. DellDeep (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Nov 2015)


iBoys don't care. The just want to be sheep. I wish they saw how much Apple sucks.

Get a damn Android phone. It's far better.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 11:00 2

23. c.hack (Posts: 603; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Actually, its not iPhones that keep people buying Apple - its seeing a-holes like you being droid fanboys.

Obnoxious fanboy idiots like yourself are the biggest reason to avoid android.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 15:09 2

42. techperson211 (Posts: 1168; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


If you're a sound enthusiast, you would know the difference between a Bluetooth earphone/headset compared to using a 3.5 mm jack.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 11:38 4

32. xq10xa (Posts: 631; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Why do people like this keep signing up on this website? :(
"iBoys, Sheep". Who cares what phone you have as long as you like it. Is everyone just signing up barely turning 13 years of age? Small stupid boys.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:50 4

19. buccob (Posts: 2512; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Actually since my first Blackberry (in 2009) I started taking advantage of Bluetooth for listening to my music... and so I got bt headphones, bt car stereo, bt portable speakers, etc...

Yes they need to be charged, but going wireless for music is the most practical solution for many things, starting with active people where tangles and pulls from ear are a horrible experience...

For car is also safer to not have wires, and everywhere else is also great so you don't have to leave your device in the same place of your speakers... specially now with smartphones ruling the music playback and not dedicated players.

NOW ON THE OTHER HAND, I totally disagree with Apple dropping this huge standard which is more ubiquitous than USB...
I love bluetooth but when my headphone's battery dies I grab my WIRED noise cancelling headphones and go on...

This is a big mistake from Apple, bigger than no microSD slot, bigger than no FM radio, bigger than locking BT and NFC....

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 11:40 3

33. xq10xa (Posts: 631; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Problem with bluetooth headphones is that they sound like s**t compared to wired ones. The codec is bad quality and the streaming comes off awful. Most people don't notice it because they have never used quality earphones / headphones. Bluetooth headsets are great for podcasts, working, audio books. If you hear music through bluetooth as your primary you are commiting the worst of all audio sins. Of course that probably shows the type of music you listen to.......

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 12:00 1

35. Chilidog (Posts: 26; Member since: 11 Jun 2015)


Car stereos sound way better over bluetooth than 3.5mm jack

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 12:11 1

36. murphslaws (Posts: 54; Member since: 22 Apr 2015)


LOL. You sir, are funny.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 13:04 1

38. xq10xa (Posts: 631; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


No..they don't. Bluetooth is compressed audio. Sounds flatter. Don't spread lies my good sir! Aux is better but you have to deal with that cord. Bluetooth is more convenient...but in no way does it sound better than Aux.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 13:04 2

37. buccob (Posts: 2512; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Talking about prejudgment... You know nothing about me, and even less about my music taste...

You might be audiophile and I couldn't care less about it, but there are great sounding system that playback through Bluetooth flawlessly...

I am not as sensitive to music quality as some pros or audiophiles, but I can certainly know a good quality file from a crappy one, and my taste in music has nothing to do about it.

Do you feel superior to other people because you listen to certain music? or because you have an expensive pair of Shure earphones?...

Give me a break... I am more than happy with my $70 Plantronics BackBeat Go2 for workouts, and also very happy with my $70 wired MDR-NC31EM Noise Cancelling headphones....

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 02:51

47. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2154; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Have you ever listened to a pair of Jaybird BlueBuds X?

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 14:56

40. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3259; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


plus you get the crackle now and then if phones in pocket and your running or alot of em around you

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 19:17

43. buccob (Posts: 2512; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Actually this only happened to me with my older Bluetooth headphones... the ones I use right now has the most reliable connection I've tried even with my phone in my opposite pant pocket....

IMO Bluetooth is the best thing that happened to music recently... I rather be practical at the expense of (unnoticeable quality)...

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 11:17

27. Acer_Predator (unregistered)


They are been crap .. but they now going to be even bigger crap..

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 14:55

39. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3259; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


problems are that cases get in the way you need an adapter on the bottom of the phone to have headphone jack and power port i can see phones and people getting burned bad quality plus it will make the phone longer and adapter could brake the charge-port and plus it will cost 80 for adapter its just another way for apple to squeeze out money from apple phone users,
i see this causing people to stay on 6s and small sales of ip7 but they will lie saying it sold record numbers like they always say to generate demand

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 19:19

44. buccob (Posts: 2512; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I agree here.... people are going to rely more and more of the Lightning Port and the port is going to break....

I've seen some of my friends that use iPhones complain about loose connection on their ports, this might aggravate further

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 09:55 3

2. Kumar123 (Posts: 485; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Just no pruding camera lens and antenna line this time. I'm eagerly waiting for this one. (Still love my 5s though. )

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:34 6

12. DellDeep (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Nov 2015)


The 5s, and just about every phone made by Apple, sucks ass. You gotta pick up a GS6 or GS7.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:45 3

17. Kumar123 (Posts: 485; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


LOL. NO, hell, no.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:59 1

22. jessyi (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


LG G5

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 09:56

3. DirtyDan23 (Posts: 279; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


Neato

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:04 4

5. f_u_006 (Posts: 45; Member since: 19 Mar 2014)


2030: Apple products will no longer support human fingers, the iFans are going to chop their fingers.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:37

14. Iodine (Posts: 1303; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


And how would you hold the Apple Pencil then ?

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:56

21. f_u_006 (Posts: 45; Member since: 19 Mar 2014)


iFingers

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:08 3

6. manojmcn (Posts: 399; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


Not surprised. Apple is a cult. This gives them confidence that people will blindly accept anything with their brand name. Nothing succeeds like success.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:16 4

7. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11255; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You obviously haven't seen how Android fans are. Blindly following Google in everything they do and they can do no wrong.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:29 2

10. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Clearly, you haven't seen how Windows fans are. Faithfully following Microsoft even being disappointed after so many years

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:35 4

13. DellDeep (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Nov 2015)


The sheep thinks we are followers lolz

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:41

15. Iodine (Posts: 1303; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Yeah, you follow Apple, just like so called "sheeps".

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:46 6

18. DellDeep (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Nov 2015)


Oh, another sheep spotted.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 11:02 2

25. c.hack (Posts: 603; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Blind and obnoxious fools. Android fanboys are the best advertising Apple could hope for. I wish I had a nickel for every loser with a Samsung phone that knows nothing better than to quote his specs and screen size. Keep it up droidtards.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 11:28 2

30. SenorThrottles (Posts: 250; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


You're making yourself look just as bad as the fanboys you're criticising.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 11:30

31. SenorThrottles (Posts: 250; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


Well all fanboys are like that

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 15:03

41. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3259; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


if your a android fan that has nothing to do with google because each oem makes a different version of it

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:27 2

8. jove39 (Posts: 1816; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Horrible decision...audio quality over bluetooth headphones is notably poor compared to wired headphones. iPhones are not known for best audio quality...bluetooth headphones would further deteriorate quality.

Seems like just a technique for apple to push more accessories.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:53

20. buccob (Posts: 2512; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


This is no longer true for most of the population that can't discern between a song ripped from Youtube and a song in an uncompressed format.

In fact my previous BT car stereo sounded better over BT than over aux-cable...

But I definitely don't support Apple cutting options

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:33 1

11. Iodine (Posts: 1303; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


An eventual step, but still way sooner than anyone would expect.

Considering even the iPod nano which measures 5,4 mm does have a jack, I don't think it's becuase of thickness, but rather aggresive throwing out of any unnecessary parts - typical for Apple, which has no respect to legacy standards.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:42 1

16. vuyonc (Posts: 987; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


One less medium to enjoy music because apparently phones are still too thick. Yay /s

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 11:01

24. jessyi (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


Apple wants to bring something andriod has had for years.bluethoot audio..haha they make me laugh.and evry one goes wow its an inivation.jeje...thinner?battery life will suck even worst.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 11:03

26. justrt (Posts: 350; Member since: 10 Jul 2014)


Will they put bluetooth headphones in the box then!?

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 11:23 1

28. Odeira (Posts: 242; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Apple is playing the long game here. I know it will sound dumb as hell NOW and frankly it IS right now, don't get me wrong I lol'd at the news, but wait until Apple and developers whip out new bits of tech that deliver audio and so much more through the Lightning port - hook up to guitar amplifiers, hook up to DJ turntables, hook them up to Youtuber-grade microphones and peripherals, camera drones, camera extenders (flashes, timers,) remember the LG G5's purported "magic dock" that works with hardware extensions and modules to make the G5 do more? Think of the possibilities! Also, GAMING headsets (say PS,XBOX, and PC) require USB because they need more power and fidelity, noone complains about that.

And YES, that ultimately is what USB-C is trying to achieve in the Android and Windows front, ONE port for ALL your peripherals and extensions across ALL devices.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 11:26 1

29. BobLawblaw (Posts: 297; Member since: 25 Jul 2014)


Beats headphones sound like Liam Neeson chasing a load of hens around inside a barrel..

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 11:42

34. jeroome86 (Posts: 848; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Good news. Stop using wire connections anyways. You can get good Bluetooth stereo headsets for cheap now. Hope Samsung will do the same too.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 20:22

45. Nabil111 (Posts: 56; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Bluetooth audio has several limitations over traditional wired headsets, not the least of which being battery life. The best quality you can get for a bluetooth headset now is via A2DP, which doesn't currently support audio return. So you either get stereo audio or mono audio and microphone. I never knew this until I got a bluetooth headset for my work laptop. Sure, it gives me the freedom to walk around at my desk, but every time I hear that damn "battery low" I hate them almost enough to make me go back to wired headsets. Also, bluetooth drivers suck on my machine.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 20:27

46. Nabil111 (Posts: 56; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Sure, cause when my battery is dead, I want a thinner phone. When my phone is bent in my pocket, I want a thinner phone. When they remove my removable back and microSD slot, I want a thinner phone. When I listen to music on my wired headset(which never gives me any trouble), I want a thinner phone. When it's sitting on my desk at work, I want a thinner phone. When...... I could go on forever like this. Maybe, just maybe once Apple removes the headphone jack, they'll remove the camera next, and then the screen, and then the rest of the internals. Then, at that point, we will have the pinnacle of iPhone, a single piece of glass with some holes in it and a home button. Tim Cook will tell us its the greatest ever and how fast it is with 0 processor cores, how efficient and green it is.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 05:01

48. qwertsun (Posts: 14; Member since: 02 Dec 2015)


Great!

You'll see this soon on apple store:

"Our beautifully designed lightning to 3.5mm jack port connector, crafted by our designers that provide you with an ever sleek port that breathes convenience into your life where sleekness meets functionality, at just $99. Available at all Apple retail outlets."

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