Apple patented a thinner headphone jack to slim down future iPhones

Apple patented a thinner headphone jack to slim down future iPhones
Although the iPhone 6s' miniscule increase in thickness could have led you to believe otherwise, Apple's ambition is still about making thin, svelte smartphones. The evidence is this patent drawing, which showcases how the gang at Cupertino redesigned the omnipresent stereo headphone jack into something that will most certainly help them shave a few inches from the next iPhone by reducing the earphone port's size. This could potentially anger users looking to replace the bundled earphones with their favorite pair of buds, but we can imagine that the problem will be easily solved with a 3.5mm jack to "new Apple jack" adaptor.

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.

source: AppleInsider



1. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Please stick to international standards and not patented designs for common connections used industry wide.

9. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

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.

50. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

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.

61. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Wouldn't unidirectional mean all directions, as current headphone 3.5mm jacks are?

63. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

No, you mean omni-directional. Uni is one.

65. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Yes I do believe that's what I was thinking of, my bad!

26. MSi_GS70 unregistered

They are idiots.. apple has no idea that there exists even 2,5mm jack! Nokia used them back in the day

28. neonix

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

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.

42. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

And this is a big way Apple makes money.

51. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

I have Nokia 7210 Supernova before, and its jack is thinner than usual.

62. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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.

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

The patent gang (in which most of these ideas never come to life)

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Inb4 needing an custom apple adapter that will dig deep to our pockets!

36. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Too slow. Reality and the first post beat you to the punch.

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

If Apple does it before it becomes a standard then f,ck it, I'm really tired of buying expensive accessiories for every Apple product just because Tim wants more money

5. MattEagle

Posts: 29; Member since: Jun 26, 2015


6. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

yaaaasssss, because we all crave for thinner phones. like why do we even need a battery anymore, that s**te isnt important at all.

7. NickPeters

Posts: 74; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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?

46. Plutonium239

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

"Plastic" isn't necessarily lighter than metal.

8. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

lol sure, and to milk their customers even more!!

10. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

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.

11. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

So I can buy more accessories only work with IPhone. Awesome way to make more money Apple.

12. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

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.

54. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

bluetooth drains battery dude

64. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

To get something you gotta give something!

55. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

oh and why should i charge my bluetooth speaker why conventional headphones need no charging

13. TBomb

Posts: 1653; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I just want to patent every type of adaptation in the world regarding phones. That way, everyone comes to me and I'll be like "nah, bro. ain't sellin it to you."

14. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Great! more Apple proprietary connectors. Like we need more of those.

15. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

More proprietary bull$#it? Get stuffed, Apple. BTW, anyone else think this looks like a horse's cock?

16. bkdroid

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 17, 2015

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.

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