No earphone jack for a waterproof Apple iPhone 7?
posted by Alan F. / Nov 27, 2015, 5:54 PM
While sensors would determine the presence of moisture or airborne contaminants that would be a threat to the phone, the shutters could stay closed until it is necessary for them to open. For example, shutters protecting the internal components of the speakers could remain closed until a phone call or other event requires them to be open. The patent is called "Electronic Devices With Housing Port Shutters."
Back in March, Apple received a patent for a process that would coat the components of an iPhone with a hydrophobic material. This would be applied by placing the part in a chamber filled with fluoropolymer gas, and applying voltage to it so that the gas turns into plasma, sticking to the component. That is similar to the nanocoating used by Motorola to make some of its higher-end models water resistant.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, whose record in making predictions about Apple's mobile devices is second to none, calls for the next iteration of the smartphone to carry 3GB of RAM. Kuo also says that Apple is trying to make the device as thin as 6mm. That compares to the 7.1mm thickness of the Apple iPhone 6s.
And that is where another report comes in. Japanese site Macotakara reported today that in order to cut the fat out of the iPhone 7, Apple will remove the 3.5mm earphone jack from the phone. Instead of using the dedicated port, iPhone 7 users who want to use a headset will have to employ Bluetooth or the Lightning connector. Apple will reportedly bundle earpods that connect to the Lightning port, with the Apple iPhone 7. Third-party providers will have to offer buyers of headsets or eaphones, a Lightning cable or a 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter in order to guarantee iPhone 7 compatibility.
The report mentioned that Apple had considered using a thinner 2mm jack at one time, but ditched the plan after users of the OG Apple iPhone complained about the recessed earphone jack on that model.
The Apple iPhone 7 will probably be unveiled next September, despite the usual rumor that it will be introduced earlier in the year.
source: USPTO, Macotakara (translated) via BGR, AppleInsider
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It's going to come with a set of Bluetooth earpods, I guess..
posted on Nov 27, 2015, 5:59 PM 9
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Lighting connector earpods maybe? Wasnt there a patent a while back,?
posted on Nov 27, 2015, 6:41 PM 1
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No headphone jack means the charging port. Bluetooth will be another option, buy will probably require more work. It wouldn't be the sole reason for the change, but an added benefit.
posted on Nov 28, 2015, 2:19 PM 0
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The quality of sound is different compared in listening to a wireless ear/head phones. Sony was able to remove the flaps from the charging/jack. These is kind of a wrong move for fruity. Either way I'm through with fruity. Don't want to be limited again.
posted on Nov 29, 2015, 12:55 AM 0
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Ya think? It's still a rumor, but you think they will provide bluetooth earpods while they won't provide pencil for the bigger pads? The best they would do, if this is true, is to provide an adaptor and the earpods that's it. And no listening to music while charging. Blue-pods will be marketed with no less than $120. It's bound to be more expensive then pencil.
posted on Nov 27, 2015, 8:52 PM 7
if not this will be a funny backlash or a slap in the face to all the people that bought beats non wireless and all the other i-products like pods and things.
posted on Nov 28, 2015, 12:21 PM 0
jesus christ about some crappy useless earphones and just bcos apples must be nearly 100 comments ?? fk, ppl get over that company already.. and u still loving it?? so you iphone lover will have to buy some their crappy headphones for £200 :DD aah jeezzz
posted on Nov 29, 2015, 4:53 PM 0
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Wow, there is no limit to milking costumers via unnecessary accessories....
posted on Nov 27, 2015, 6:00 PM 31
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No limit to endless idiotic rumors that blogs use for clickbait.
posted on Nov 27, 2015, 6:46 PM 22
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Hmm not sure what to think of that. I am open for new things but I am not sure if this is a good move from Apple. I hope they keep the 3,5mm jack. Why should Apple put 3GB of RAM into its phone? They've just went to 2GB.
posted on Nov 27, 2015, 6:02 PM 0
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Why didn't Apple put 2GB in the last two years, and finally did this year and other vast improvements that people overlook? Competition. Like Samsung, Apple has brought out all around improvents in places like the CPU, GPU, memory speed, etc to make it perform better and dish out the needs of the consumer. I can see apple using the iphone 7+ to add 3GB Ram in higher based SKUs. I mean they don't have to, and wait for the 7S for "speed" performance. (That also concludes my techie styled rant)
posted on Nov 27, 2015, 7:48 PM 6
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I guess if you own nice quality headphones then your out of luck. Still, this is just a rumour.
posted on Nov 27, 2015, 6:06 PM 3
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I'm sure Apple will sell a Bluetooth adapter for wired headsets at the affordable price of no less than $120...
posted on Nov 27, 2015, 6:07 PM 18
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I will give it the note buyers, Samsung took away the key features of the note and some buyer moved to phones with those features. Apple knows icrap buyer will pay big money for taking away features and they are right.
posted on Nov 27, 2015, 6:17 PM 1
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