Image from China reveals that the Apple iPhone 7 might have an earphone jack

Image from China reveals that the Apple iPhone 7 might have an earphone jack
One of the very first rumors that we heard about the Apple iPhone 7 was that there would be no earphone jack on the unit. Instead, Apple would use the Lightning port as the place where users could plug in earphones or headsets. By eliminating the headphone jack, Apple could make the iPhone 7 thinner and still have room to put a larger capacity battery inside. In addition, it would make it easier to have the device made waterproof.

Since this rumor spread, almost every leak allegedly showing the iPhone 7 did not include an earphone jack. But a new photograph supposedly showing the circuitry of the next iPhone does show an earphone jack, according to a published report out of China. The report includes what is claimed to be a photograph of the circuitry.

Some of the Apple faithful, especially power users and serious mobile gamers, have been tethered to a power bank, or use a case that includes a battery to extend the life of the juicer inside their iPhone (like the mophie Juice Pack). These are the ones that might be disappointed if Apple decided that an earphone jack is more important than a bigger battery on the next iPhone. Because Apple wants its handset to remain thin, it seems that Apple engineers have to make a decision on how to best use the small amount of real estate inside the device.

As for the rumors about the phone being waterproof, we have heard conflicting reports with the latest one saying that the device will be protected from water.

Allegedly showing the circuitry of the iPhone 7, this picture confirms the existence of an earphone jack for the phone

Allegedly showing the circuitry of the iPhone 7, this picture confirms the existence of an earphone jack for the phone


source: MyDrivers (translated) via TheNextRex

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45 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Good news if true...

25. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Nooooooo.f**k that jack for real, its time for change alredy. Even tough i never bought an iphone i wish they start the change...

39. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

new invention

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3947; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'll believe it when I see it on the finished product, I would say I can't wait for september but I feel like the iP7 isn't going to live up to my expectations.

8. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 919; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Same I really want to make the switch to its bit not sure about the 7

40. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

i was iphone 5s user, i loved design, now if this year phone will be same price with not similar display whats on market 1440p or at least 1080p and without quick charge wireless charge, its just so huge fail, again. i really hope apple can do something more than recycling old stuff.

46. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3947; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Same, I want a 5.5in iPhone plus with 1440p, that can still play games as smooth as the 1080p iPhone 6s plus and has a 73% screen to body ratio. Are my demands impossible????? No but when asking Apple it seems like it.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they didnt ready to pull the stunt? did they didnt want to lost more customer? or its just another apple-made rumor to keep them show up on news around the internet

4. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Disappointing if true. But no doubt, With Tim Cook the android fanboy, looks at the fragmentation of android with envy, and again i have absolute faith that the iPhone 7Plus will have no head jack, and the iPhone 7 will have a head jack. This would answer why we are seeing these two very different leaks.

11. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

How is it dissappointing? You can still use lightning headphones if you want.

14. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

People who use apples earphones wouldnt care less about Apple ditching the headphone port. But people who buy expensive pairs of headphones won't be happy, it could cause wasteful garbage of perfectly fine headphones. They'll probably add a adapter in the box, but it's not very convenient.

18. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

I don't use Apple earphones.. few apple users uses Apple earphones, it amazes me how much money both HTC, Samsung, Apple wastes making these earphones that so few people ever use.

23. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Really? We must have very different experiences. 95% use the earphones out of the box from what I see.

28. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3947; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I hate Apple's earpods so I gave them away. Other brands such as Samsung and HTC prodrive good earbuds out of the box so like you I see most people useing the erabuds provided with their handset unless they already have a better pair, I also see lots of pepole using cheap earbuds because they lost the ones they got with their handset.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

An adapter is no good if it doesn't work. Like the Lightning to original Apple connector didn't work with many accessories. I know, because I have a Bose speaker that the adapter doesn't work with. So I have to use the 3.5MM hole on the back which is so lame for something I paid $200 for. The sound was better from the original connector. If a new connector, doesn't offer at least the same equal benefit, then the change isn't worth it. I'm certainly not goign to buy another accessory just because they changed the port. They didn't use the space for anything important inside the phone when they changed the connector. The headphone jack space is so small, there i nothing that can really be put their that would be of any usage. Apple just wants people to buy their proprietary garbage, because its a cash cow that only works for them. Other OEM wouldnt be able to pull this off.

41. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Adaptor = loss of quality. Anyone with any knowledge in sound system will tell you so.

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That's a lot of faith. Do you have the same faith in other things that are more important? lol

5. tabVision

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

First they remove it and now they added the audio jack back, it's innovation!

21. MedLEB unregistered

No one knows if they did or not, those are just "rumors".

37. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

He didnt come here to make a valuable point...

6. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

I'm actually disappointed if this is true TBH. I just wanted to see what Apple would do about ditching the headphone jack. Through the Lightning connecter? Wireless EarPods? What about the smart connecter? Could that be used as the headphone jack replacement? Of course this is a very unpopular opinion, and I can see why. Yet I don't think Apple would be such dicks. I reckon they'll include some kind of adapter; headphone jack to lightning connecter. It would be quite ironic as well, given that they are going so well in renewable energy and recycling - just to create a giant garbage patch of headphones that work perfectly fine.

7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

How would you envision the smart connector as a headphone replacement?

10. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

I'm not techie at all. But the smart connecter allows the iPad Pro to receive information from the keyboard and to send power to the keyboard. So why not use the same sort of concept? But from the iPhone to the headphones instead? via some kind of headphones that attaches to the smart connecter on the back.

19. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

The jack for a Smart Connector set of headphone would have to be huge. And isn't that port based with 3 metal contact points? This means it's also gotta somehow stay attached, as it's not held in be pressure and friction, just magnets if anything. which means every snag or little headphone tug, boop goes the audio.

24. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Urgh... Very strong magnets? The iPad Pro uses some kind of magnets to connect itself to the keyboard.

35. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Yes but the magnet is not stronger than a male to female port. Headphone wires get caught and tugged on constantly during use, causing the magnet connection to break, it's not the most ideal headphone output port.

13. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

I think this is a good move. You can use wireless earphones and lightning ones on a phone with 3.5 mm jack too. This just means you have more options. smart connector is cool but I don't think it has enough bandwidth or power to power a headphone, especially those with high impedence. Surely Apple will do something about the jack. They can still bundle wireless earpods to make people ready for phones without headphone jack and move to that later. Let's wait and see what happens.

15. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Maybe Apple could include wireless EarPods/lightning connecter earphones in the box with a adapter for people who bought headphones? Seems like the most reasonable answer.

29. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Adapter won't work. The whole point of lightning is that it's a digital port instead of analog one like the 3.5 mm jack. Hence, you need a DAC(digital to analog converter) outside the phone to convert the digital signal from the port. All the 3.5 mm jack headphones are working on analog signal. So unless the adapter has a DAC too, that won't work. And if it has a DAC, it will be expensive.

42. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

And will take lots of space inside the phone. This just show how much apple want you to buy new proprietary accessories... cash cow as other said.

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