New iPhone 7 leak confirms fears: no headphone jack

New iPhone 7 leak confirms fears: no headphone jack
By now, everyone and their dog has heard the rumor – this year's iPhones may not have a headphone jack. According to reports, Apple has declared war on the 3,5 mm connector in order to maximize the amount of free room inside its new handsets, presumably to fill it with more battery or with other parts that improve performance. At worst, it could be because Cupertino wants to make the phone even thinner, which is certainly going to be a polarizing reason.

Speculations have been rampant in the past few months – some believe that removing the headphone jack is an absolutely unacceptable move, while others would be prepared to take that drawback if Apple really compensates with something awesome, and gives us a good reason to have done away with the beloved connector. However, despite the fact that we've already seen a lot of leaked pictures, diagrams, and renders of the upcoming iPhones, so far, we haven't seen one that reaffirms the "missing headphone jack" rumor. Well, now we have one.

A newly leaked picture of what appears to be the iPhone 7's chassis clearly shows us that there is no headphone jack to be found next to the Lightning port at the bottom – it's usual location. Instead, we see that there is a second speaker grille, which falls in line with a rumor we've already heard before.

Of course, there are a couple of more noteworthy things in these photos. We've got that weird camera hill again – we've seen the new shape in a lot of leaks by now, so we'd say it's very possible that this is genuine. It seems that instead of going for a protruding camera ring this year, Apple chose to opt for a more gradual bump instead. We also get to see the new antenna strips again – instead of the dreaded pantie lines, the plastic lines are now much more discreet, running along the top and bottom edges of the smartphone.

It seems that headphones with Lightning connectors will soon become a necessity for iUsers! Who's excited? (*crickets*)

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44 Comments

1. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

Apple, pls, don't do this.

16. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Apple 'll just ignore you and do what they like.

30. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

And people still buy their products. That's a f$$king fact.

32. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Cause those people have no idea what they're going to buy.

41. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

If this is real, Apple will continue to lose their consumer base as people who use their phones for media types that include sound will migrate to more reasonably-priced Androids.

31. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It looks like it's too late for your pleas.

2. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I am one who normally opts for the more minimalistic. I find it more elegantly aesthetic. But... I actually preferred those antenna "pantie" lines. They gave it just the right accent for me. The plain blank slab is just too much like a... well, like a plain blank slab.

8. AlikMalix unregistered

To each his own... for me, antenna lines dont bother me at all. It's the slightly protruding camera that kills the entire design for me.. I'm looking at my 5s side by side to my 6s (both space grey) and I actually prefer the black antenna "windows" on top and bottom of the 6s - it gave it more unique look to other phones, with the 6/6s they replaced those antenna "windows" with matching colors and gave thicker antenna "lines" instead - making it look awkward. But the protruding camera is absolutely a FAIL... I hate cases and carried my 6s up until now naked, but recently put my phone in very thin case just to compensate for the bump.. I WANT 5/5S DESIGN BACK, IVE!!!

14. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Looking at flat camera smartphones now I can't help to think about how strange they look nowadays.

3. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Which contradicts the other latest leaks too... The camera on this one is different. What we can say now, with 90% certainty, is that the 7 will have a larger camera, the 7+/Pro will have a dual camera and the antenna bands will move nearer the top/bottom. That's about it.

4. mentalerror

Posts: 15; Member since: May 19, 2016

with all the leaks of having and not having a headphone jack, is it possible that apple will release multiple models with headphone and without headphone jack?

7. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

No, they won't.

5. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 930; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I wonder if the speakers will have sound coming out of both of the grills or will it be like the iphone 5s and only come out of one side?

6. AlikMalix unregistered

I have a 5s... the other side is a mic...

13. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Doubt it, the grill is way too big for a mic.

9. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Either way I don't care. I will be getting the new iPhone. I barely use a head.

15. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

If you're getting it and you don't even know the phone yet, then you're correct: you barely use your head!

10. LeSerpentVincent

Posts: 66; Member since: May 30, 2016

Android user are overexaggerated, just like pro-EU voters smh no headphone jack doesn't mean the end of the world, i will continue to queue in Apple store as long as 256gb version available. :)

17. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

To some people no headphone jack is a deal breaker. One of my friends is planning on switching to android as he only recently bought some very expensive headphones and doesn't want to use adapters. If you already have a pair of Bluetooth headphones or only have cheap headphones then the lack of a headphone jack probably isn't too bad.

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Everytime I see you guys talkign about headphones jacks and adapters, I think of this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJafiCKliA8 They are moving the headphone jack to the....oh wait...there won't be one. Now you have to have an adapter for the adapter...and Apple makes the coolest most expensive adapters, that never frikkin work. I have a Bose dock I bought that I paid $250 for. It has the old 30-pin connector. I bought one of those expensive adapters to go to the lightning port and it simply didn't work. I took it back, but it was such a waste of time. I'm all for change. I have no issue with the jack being removed. The reason Apple should do this yet is because, for one they don't have an alternative way for the phone to be charged. I don't want to have to unplug the charger to hear music or vice versa. Bluetooth works, but the loss in quality of the music stream over wireless, makes most shy away from it. That and BT headphones just cost to much and most dont over quality. I can get a pair cheap $30.00 wired headphones that sound better or equal to expensive $100+ BT headphones. Unless Apple is including beats brand headsets with the phone for what the phone cost, then maybe. But if they are gonna stick with those cheap options that are made in China for $3.00, then keep the jack.

44. PaidToPlay

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 29, 2016

IPhones ARE cheap products made in China. Most phones are. Iphones are nothing special but they're marketing campaign. Apple is more of a marketing company than a product company. .

18. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Shut the f*** up!!

19. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Have fun wasting your money.

21. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Typical Apple can do nothing stupid comment.

27. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

End of the world no? but deal breaker? especially for people that already have invested in a headset/phones set that could be quite expensive? and suddenly they can't use it easily? I'm sure there will be made adapter, but why remove it in the first place, mini-jack is great and works for many many things, why remove it in the first place?

43. PaidToPlay

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 29, 2016

It's a phone. Call people. Headphone jack is an unnecessary extra.

11. latestone

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 02, 2016

Yup, Still now there are more rumours that the 3.5mm jack will no longer exist. Finally it confirmed. But with this the usage of Bluetooth headphones will increase and those also very good at listening.

12. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

The removal of the headphone jack does not bother me. As long as they add a jack to lightning adapter I couldn't care less. Everyone is overreacting, everyone cannot seem to accept change. In the future, we will definitely see wireless headphones over take wired ones. A step has to be made, may as well be now. Anyway! I don't see much of a point of two speakers in such close proximity of each other, How would that improve sound quality? Maybe one speaker on each end of the phone, instead of both of them on the same end.

20. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

The reason why this change angers most people is that the removal of a headphone jack doesn't really bring any huge benefits besides making the phone thinner. Not only are there no obvious benefits, but it's also a huge inconvenience to people who have already spent a lot of money on expensive headphones. You also have to remember that at the moment wireless headphones are still behind wired headphones in terms of audio quality, so I don't really think wireless headphones are ready to completely replace wired ones.

23. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Clearly, Apple isn't removing the headphone jack just to make it thinner. Most of the leaks say it'll stay the same thickness and will replace it with a second speaker or/and a bigger camera. Its that wireless headphones are not as good as it's wired counterparts. I'm saying that with apples huge reputation, wireless headphones could make huge improvements and innovations while improvements to wired headphones become uncommon, as they begin to be obsolete and other smartphone manufactures ditch the headphone jack (look at post 22. Clearly Apple isn't ditching it just for thinness). It's certainly an innconvience, but its bloody 100 year old tech! People only need to swap ONCE to wireless headphones, sure that costs money, but once it's over, it's over right?

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