Deutsche Bank analysts report Apple will bundle a Lighting to 3.5mm jack converter with the iPhone 7

Analysts from Deutsche Bank have stepped up with some bold, supposedly well-informed predictions about the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. First off, they believe that Apple will throw in a Lighting port to 3.5mm audio jack converter in their boxes, instead of Lighting-connected or wireless EarPods. This isn't the first time this rumor has surfaced, and in this case, analysts cite personal supply chain connections as the basis for their prediction. The proposition also sounds logical, as the alternative of selling this converter separately isn't exactly a great tactic and could potentially incur heavy criticism and customer backlash.

Moreover, the Deutsche Bank analysts place a sure bet on the iPhone 7 Plus featuring a dual-camera setup with enhanced zoom capabilities. While the handset's double camera vision has been consistently suggested by leaks, the part about magnification improvements is yet to be proven by leaked evidence. So whether it's enhanced imaging, a novel zoom solution, or both things in the cards, it remains unclear.

For the regular iPhone 7, the analysts report an improved camera (evident by the larger lens present on leaked photos), in addition to optical image stabilization. The sixth-generation 4.7-inch iPhone has been relying on software algorithms for this duty, so switching to a physical OIS system will be unusual – though not unexpected.

The German team also reports changes that we've previously seen and heard, such as stereo speakers, complete waterproofing, and a touch-based Home button. They also argue that these upgrades will get fewer people buying new iPhones this year, which Apple could aleviate by careful stock management. But given how successful the Samsung Galaxy S7 was – a subtle reiteration of the Galaxy S6 before it, largely done in the same manner Apple's dealing with the iPhone 7 duo – we can still see the upcoming handset as a strong seller.




1. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Then wtf is the point of them removing it if they still somehow including ways to use 3.5 headphones. And dont tell me is because of battery because most phones out there have 3.5 headphone jack and can put bigger battery on their devices.

2. bambamboogy02

Posts: 837; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Thinner design. I wouldn't mind thin all around, and a slight bulge where the headphones jack goes. That would be awesome. But let's see how this push toward 'adapters to 3.5mm jack' goes. I'm guessing more people will have issues with their charging/connection ports go out since it'll be used more frequently by connecting and disconnecting an adapter.

9. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Why does it need to be thinner though? I really do not see any advantage to it being thinner, instead use the current size to add more stuff into it? There isn't already now that much space for grip, why make it thinner?

11. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Have you seen an iPod Nano recently? That thing is crazy thin and manage to include a 3.5mm port

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Also the Galaxy A8, crazy thin but still features a 3.5mm jack!

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

bullsh*t.. even 5mm phone still have 3.5mm jack

3. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

The report doesn't make sense. If they are throwing in a lightning to 3.5 mm jack, that means the ear pods will have a lightning connector. As for the included dongle, this could also mean the 3.5 mm jack will still be there.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No. Is so people with 3rd party headphones, that have 3.5MM plugs, can still use their headphones. DUH! Its highly unlikely the plug will be there. We've seen a complete dummy of the actual device w/o the jack. Gosh1 Are you even capable of having a logical thought? Or has trolling so much dulls your senses?

10. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

'3rd party' you do realise that if someone bought the Apple 'beats' headphones, those use mini-jack as well, just saying. And that's apple's own product.

13. anglosaxonengland

Posts: 64; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

Being Apple, throwing that adaptor without charging $29 USD is very I unapple like.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Defeat the whole purposes of removing the headphone jack. The whole game plan is to get more headphone manufacturer to get onbroad with MFi 'made for iPhone' licensing. Giving the adapter away will make more people stay put with their existing 3.5mm headphone.

4. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

they will probably use same old earbuds, as usual apple pro recycling policy, just will include adapter. and apple guys will go mad how good new adapter sounds

5. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

if they do it that would be a nice move from apple, people shouldnt be forced to throw away their good headphones just because OEMs want thinner phones

7. smooth4lyfe

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Leave it to Apple to use another money making scheme. What if you lose the dongle, will probably cost you $40 for a new one. Stupid decision by Apple imo, why use another accessory to listen to music, less convenient, less attractive, and less ideal. Apple always wants people to use their own products for their stuff, which is why I'm sure they did this

8. TBomb

Posts: 1397; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Mybbe the headphones arent ready yet and they are preparing people by offering the adapter so when they become mainstream, they already there? But then I guess you could just offer the jack and regular headphones anyways.... Maybe they reaalllyyy just wanted to change something about the build to warrant a number change?

14. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

This looks Ugly. I hope this is not the final design.....

16. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Apple really LOVES adapters and converters...

17. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

and loves even more selling them for 100x of what they are worth

18. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"...Lighting to 3.5mm..." -Luis D. Lighting? It's been over a day, and the title still hasn't been corrected? Lol. Not surprised at all.

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