No earphone jack for a waterproof Apple iPhone 7?

No earphone jack for a waterproof Apple iPhone 7?
Slowly, rumored leaks are giving us an idea of what to expect from the Apple iPhone 7. Back in September, we passed along a rumor that the iPhone 7 would be waterproof. That rumor is making another pass, as a new patent application from Apple reveals a system that would seal off ports that are vulnerable to liquids. By sealing these ports, Apple would block water and other liquids from entering into the body of the phone, destroying components.

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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75 Comments

76. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well, I guess they are going to try to spin it as a new smart thing, even though there's quite a number of phones out there that have headphone jacks with and without plugs that are waterproof, heck even sd cards and waterproof. And they got a patent for a process someone else already has, again, for something someone already has, and of course people defend that Apple's is better then those. I suppose if people want to spend money to get the same kind of hardware but with new connectors over the years as Apple keeps changing its design when they want to earn a bit more from the special Apple only accessories, meh go ahead.

71. kudus

Posts: 52; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Oppo R5 innovation! Apple copycat!!!

74. AlikMalix unregistered

As soon as you can buy one, let me know... plus it uses an iPod shuffle looking device - another object to carry with you that you must plug in your headphones - not really a solution but another clunker to carry besides the phone and earpods...

65. meanestgenius

Posts: 23050; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'd love to see Apple pull something like this off, with the 3.5mm jack only becoming accessible for calls and playing music. It would mean that Apple has started to innovate again.

60. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

The next feature of all Android phones!!!!!!

70. kudus

Posts: 52; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

LOL! have you heard about Oppo R5?

75. AlikMalix unregistered

see post #74 below...

58. Iodine

Posts: 1518; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Relentless innovation has it's casualties.

48. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i am ok with phones starting to lose the jack port, boothtooh is everywhere and it's not going anywhere but up. i can't stand cables everywhere.

73. AlikMalix unregistered

That's exactly my point above

47. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Why should they? They like to rip-off

46. crm_bstind

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 27, 2015

Well in Apple's world you have to sacrifice something to buy the best iphone till date but still a rumor though

43. raerae unregistered

Learn from Sony, Apple.

42. Elfmonster unregistered

Why not make it only wirelessly chargeable and get rid of that hole too, then? Make it 100 percent hole-free, like Apple's mom.

41. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Why would I need this, there's a lot of phones with water proof earphone port. Sony, Samsung someone

38. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No headphone jack why can't they waterproof it with one, I mean Sony and Samsung did so. Why do I have to lose the headphone jack? So no charging port either? Maybe wireless charging? Lol Removing the jack seems like going backwards, unless they give BT headphones which I just don't see Apple doing. Concerning they advertise a tablet with a lencil, that doesn't come with the pencil.

72. AlikMalix unregistered

Assuming this rumor is true, what makes you guys think that if Apple gets rid of the jack it's for waterproof reasons. I've seen this before when iPhone got rid of the physical keyboard - every biased entity including MS and BB screamed "will never work, dumb idea, people won't give up their phys. keyboard". Fast forward to today and look at the industry now. Wires are going away whether you like it or not. I use wireless headphones when I work - and around the job site it's extremely comfortable and last all day (they're cheapo Walmart brand). But let's say this rumor is true. Don't you think that soon the rest of the industry will follow (Samsung first, no doubt). And all the haters will scream the same crock: "it was going that way anyway, Apple rushed to be first, just like multitouch, 300+dpi, 64bit, integrated FP, force touch, built-in storage tiers instead of removable slow as crap SD, and so on. (Once again down with the trolls - I'm not saying that Apple gets credit to be first on everything) but when it comes to this stuff - stuff that you're so critical about - and then you favorite (insert brand name here) manufacturer follows - it's "well everyone was gonna do it - Apple just rushed". I'll tell you who rushed to be first: that Chinese brand with force touch that doesn't work outside its own 3 apps and still has no phone for sale other than the announcement a month before everyone knew Apple was going to include it on the iPhone this time and not just Mac and Apple Watch... Remember this post - you'll see...

37. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

If this were true, it's a step backwards to go forwards.. You can have a waterproof phone with a jack, take note from sony and samsung.

34. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

I doubt they will do that... Like how would the beats headphone fit??? But then again that's just there way of selling new headset that only fit the iPhone...

36. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

maybe they'll make something like "lightning to 3.5 audio connector, only for $39.99"

50. random

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

It's much more than that. It's a unique, never seen before, adapter that links the future and the past. It will allow you to use analog headphones connected directly to magical next generation lightning port. Well worth every penny, yours for only $99.99.

53. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

Exactly kryme it's funny how Apple wants only their headset fit and not only that the charger cord too .......and must i say no Apple branded car charger?? Hmmmm so much innovation Apple??

28. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Shutters? Not gonna happen. More moving parts like these increases the likelihood of mechanical failure. Mechanical failures can't be fixed with a patch. This seems like more of a fishing expedition where if any competitors attempt a similar solution Apple can release the hounds. Err, lawyers.

27. jokensy unregistered

Ha! Ha! Sony can make waterproof phones with all ports exposed (except sim/microSD ports of course), but Apple can't. What a shame!

29. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Prob to keep cost down, apple likes to do the "make low, sell high" technique

32. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

Yep so true!!! My Z3 went in ocean and no headset jack opening issue at all

25. kimihiro

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

The iPod Touch is 6.1 mm thick and it still has a headphone jack.

24. kimihiro

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

People assuming the worst when it's all just rumors. I don't know with that no headphone jack thing. I don't like it and Apple will likely not remove it unless they won't compromise audio quality.

22. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

Oh god water resistance?? Give me a break, why don't they did all the iOS and OS X issues first instead of looking to nickle and dime people more on a new feature to rise prices!! Greedy bastards!!

20. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Not gonna happen. iPhones generally have really good sound output and Bluetooth will compromise that.

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