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.


source: MyDrivers (translated) via TheNextRex

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45 Comments

30. davidsmith

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 09, 2016

I read some where that Apple may be planning to replace the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 with a second speaker for stereo audio is it true ?

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

This can be accomplished without removing the headphone jack. All phones have 2 speakers. all you have to do is tap the speaker you use to hear your phone call, to also be used with music playback. Pretty much what HTC did.

20. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Component screenshot with outline and all that? could literally be a component from anything really, really no way to tell, though frankly I hope it will have it, because otherwise it is just going to fracture the market, though Apple seems to want to do that anyway, not adopting usb and such, so who knows

9. SIGPRO

Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Doesn't matter iphones are doomded anyway!

12. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

If wireless charging is incorporated into the device then I could forgive the iPhone for its bad battery life.

17. SIGPRO

Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

And still the iphone will be behind the market! Look at Apple stocks they lost value 8 days in a row.......like i said Apple is going to be flushed down the toilet! And in my opinion they deserve it!

27. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Well if they use regular wireless charging then yes. But I'm talking about REAL wireless charging. The stuff where you can walk several feet away and it is still charging the phone.

36. SIGPRO

Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

So you think this feature will save the iphone? I don't think so, the time for iphones has come........dying breed!

22. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I don't get how that works? Since wireless charging isn't faster than regular charging. But I'm guessing you mean that since Apple has enough power to make wireless charging big. There would be charging pads everywhere just like Apple Pay has increased contactless payment adoption despite the fact that android has had it for over 5 years

26. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Sigh* I'm talking about far wireless charging.

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Not for what it costs. The Galaxy has wireless charge and fast wireless charging, but that doesn't mean you will be near it when it is needed. There is no excuse why the iPhone doesn't have a larger battery. Especially since its dualcore obviously uses more power than the octacore some phones have. PA's own test of the iPhone 6S+ vs Note 5, they claimed they both lasted the same amount of time. I expect though that the iPhone having less features and less hardware should have lasted longer. Which means that Note is a beat considering it lasted equally as long with far more features and updated hardware.

43. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

for the record i hate apple and overpriced iphone... Still dont lie *Especially since its dualcore obviously uses more power than the octacore some phones have.* thats why iphone batteries are like 30-40% smaller than comparable android phone and are just a bit worst in most case ( with exceptions ) You loose credibility when you blatenly lie like this. Iphone 6+ and 6S+ have far from bad battery life comparable to note serie but with smaller battery.

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: 2200; 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.

45. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

what will take space in phone? You know DAC is hardware right.

47. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Ok, I see what you mean.

48. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Apple could use a analog output for the lightning (might work) but if they really wanted to make it thinner (with even more terrible battery life), they could use the 2.5mm jack that was mainly used in older phones (think flip phones)

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: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

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.

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