Apple patented a thinner headphone jack to slim down future iPhones
posted by Luis D. / Sep 22, 2015, 9:10 AM
Nevertheless, the D-shaped port we're seeing here does have what it takes to become a signature iPhone design touch, just like the Home button and the lighting connector before it. It could enable Apple to turn the iPhone 7 into the thinnest iPhone yet, and definitely isn't as drastic as completely removing the 3.5mm jack like Oppo did for its exceedingly thin Oppo R5.
Meanwhile, the brilliant minds at Vivo, a premium Chinese brand, actually slimmed its Vivo X5 Max down to just 4.75mm while preserving both the microSD and 3.5mm headphone jack. Seeing that a seemingly more elegant solution is already on the market, hopefully Apple isn't indulging itself in unnecesarry engineering but actually has a clear purpose behind redesigning the 3.5mm jack, one of the oldest audio components known to mankind.
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Please stick to international standards and not patented designs for common connections used industry wide.
posted on Sep 22, 2015, 9:12 AM 31
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Funny how we finally get bidirectional USB-C and now they want to make the headphone jack unidirectional. I don't care to have a phone that is any thinner unless it's flexible. And they'd better ship every phone with an adapter and not try to create a new jack just because they think it can still be backwards compatible. It'll end up spinning around and losing contact, and then when you try to spin it back it will bend the contacts and ruin devices. Once again, this is just begging to be a design flaw that causes more problems than it solves.
posted on Sep 22, 2015, 9:28 AM 12
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It's just how Apple works, they don't create new features, just things that are "different". Yes, functionally, this will be a terrible solution, but then they will just create a third version. We will end up with the "Blade" connector that will be about 1mm thick.
posted on Sep 22, 2015, 6:14 PM 1
They are idiots.. apple has no idea that there exists even 2,5mm jack! Nokia used them back in the day
posted on Sep 22, 2015, 11:21 AM 9
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Idiots? No. They most certainly do know they exist. Using a 2.5mm jack would have been way too easy for consumers to use third party cables. Apple's gotta make their own proprietary crap so that they can bank off of "Made for iPhone" badges and their idiot customers who will pay $35+ for the godforsaken things.
posted on Sep 22, 2015, 11:39 AM 18
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Yeah.... Apple and keeping to standards, two things that just don't work together, because a standard isn't "unique" and "special" which is what Apple marketing is about, setting Apple apart from others.
posted on Sep 23, 2015, 8:53 AM 0
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Inb4 needing an custom apple adapter that will dig deep to our pockets!
posted on Sep 22, 2015, 9:15 AM 8
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Hey Apple, while you are at it, put a small but EXTRA SLIM 1000 mAh battery, wont you? It'll make your phone even thinner! And lighter too! Oh, oh... and make the phone plastic! Yes, that's it! You cant go wrong with plastic. It IS, after all, lighter than metal, right?
posted on Sep 22, 2015, 9:20 AM 10
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Sooooooooo... We have this nifty Lightning connector where right-side-up or up-side-down is the same. But now they're looking at a headphone jack where the plug goes in only one way? Sounds like a step backwards to me.
posted on Sep 22, 2015, 9:32 AM 4
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I'd rather see every manufacturer just getting rid of the headphone port (bluetooth audio). With headphone port gone and wireless charging, phones would be better sealed.
posted on Sep 22, 2015, 10:24 AM 1
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I've never heard a single person, shopping for a phone, that said: "But that one is a tenth of a millimeter thicker. Why would I buy that piece of s**t?" I have however heard plenty of folks, including myself, lamenting battery life and missing features (like microSD). Seems that design effort could be better spent on that rather than creating another proprietary connector to siphon money from the consumer.
posted on Sep 22, 2015, 10:43 AM 5
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