Next Apple iPhone once again said to drop 3.5mm headphone jack for thinner forms
posted by Victor H. / Jan 08, 2016, 3:50 AM
The next Apple iPhone might indeed drop the ubiquitous 3.5mm headphone jack and give consumers the option to use the Lightning port for their head gear, or use wireless headphones. We've been hearing this rumor over and over again, first from Japanese blog Mac Otakara, seconded by 9to5Mac, and now FastCompany's Mark Sullivan says it has inside sources that also confirm this.
iPhone 7) will make it possible for Apple to make the device even thinner and sleeker looking. The company is also reported to be adding wireless, magnetic charging capabilities to its next iPhone, and it could also make it waterproof.Skipping the 3.5mm headphone jack in the new iPhone (allegedly, the
So how credible is this particular rumor? Daring Fireball's John Gruber was quick to dissect it and point out that despite FastCompany's respected name as a source, Sullivan himself has a spotty record with Apple. The journalist wrongly said that Apple was working with Swatch to release its smartwatch, a partnership that seems to have never taken place.
Thinner, waterproof, with wireless chargingThere are also a few strange predictions in this particular report. Firstly, the report claims that Apple will most likely not include any headphones with the new iPhone and sell Lightning port-connected headphones separately. So far, every iPhone has been sold with a pair of earbuds, so that would be a very atypical move for Apple.
The second alarming suggestion that deviates from Apple's typical style is about the possibility of the company bundling a 3.5mm headset adapter in the box of the new iPhone. Apple is known for being the first to make radical changes like dropping CD/DVD players, but at the same time, the company has so far never provided adapters to the old standard in the box. Instead, it is selling such adapters separately (and usually for a considerable price).
With these red flags in mind, one should take this report - or at least some parts of it - with a grain of salt. With so much smoke about Apple dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack, though, there might be actual fire and what is considered a wild proposition might actually become a reality this fall. The motivation for Apple would certainly be improved audio quality, as well as less of an entanglement with wires and an incentive to switch to a truly wireless future. That's something the company has pushed with its new, 12" Macbook (it does have a 3.5mm jack, though), and it seems logical for the company to continue with this in 2016.
Would the lack of a 3.5mm headset jack in a phone be a dealbreaker for you? Let us know your thoughts about all this in the comments section.
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posted on Jan 08, 2016, 3:55 AM 34
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Actually not a big issue. Just put that adapter on your headphone jack and leave it there. But i dont see the benefit of going thinner and thinner, and more lightweight. The bigger a phone is, the harder it is to encompass it and you start to balance the phone on your hand, but for balancing you need a certain amount of weight and grip.
posted on Jan 08, 2016, 5:02 AM 2
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There is nothing dumb about ditching the headphone jack.. it is a industry standard, yes but so was CD/DVD players. Current headphone jack are analog and have their limitations.. having a digital headphone jack would not only allow the potential of handling larger amounts of information faster but also allow information to travel both ways leading to potentially a interesting opportunity for headphone makers
posted on Jan 08, 2016, 5:39 AM 1
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Dude, what do you even smoke? Audio files are stored in digital, and converted to analogue. Every device needs a digital-to-analogue converter, or at least the headset needs one inbuilt. We can't 'hear' digital signals bruh xD
posted on Jan 08, 2016, 5:56 AM 29
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They were an industry standard like 6-7 years ago, way before the smartphone era. I remember using a Sony Ericsson W850 and having to use a stupid converter to use my own headphones instead of the ones provided. And chargers had an extra slot at the bottom of the charging port just in case you wanna listen to music while the phone was charging. Nice to see Apple trying to bring technology back 7 years.
posted on Jan 08, 2016, 12:18 PM 0
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It absolutely is dumb. It's going backwards. Smartphones used to use the power port as an all inclusive port. My Samsung Omnia did. It sucked then, it sucks now. CD/DVD didn't disappear, they were replaced with an updated version, bluray, which is not only the same form factor, but is totally backwards compatible.
posted on Jan 08, 2016, 10:22 AM 6
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Your second paragraph is very true. But no one has created such while the standard headphone jack exists. If they really wanted to make audio better, they could have still came up with the concept already.
posted on Jan 08, 2016, 3:02 PM 0
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And they will then sell a headphone adapter for $99
posted on Jan 08, 2016, 5:35 AM 15
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Hey moving forward, it could be good feature haven't prove itself. History have prove us change is good so need to think outside of the box. Take a look at BB dis original iphone than what happen to them? another one is Nokia.
posted on Jan 08, 2016, 9:56 AM 1
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