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

1. TechNeck

Posts: 651; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

It's going to come with a set of Bluetooth earpods, I guess..

12. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Lighting connector earpods maybe? Wasnt there a patent a while back,?

17. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Not to mention it forces Square and it's competitors to use the lightening port and pay the appropriate fees.

55. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Too illogical to be true. But can't relay on Apple after seeing pricing of iPad Pro full package.

64. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/MFi_Program 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.

67. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

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.

30. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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.

40. AlikMalix unregistered

Apple, Jacks.... reminds me of:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggHae3QNvCc

57. engineer-1701d unregistered

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.

63. AlikMalix unregistered

I like Apple, but I'd love to see Apple fail with an iPhone one day - just to see a giant like that figure out how to get out of the hole.

68. Acer_Predator unregistered

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

2. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Wow, there is no limit to milking costumers via unnecessary accessories....

14. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

No limit to endless idiotic rumors that blogs use for clickbait.

54. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Edit...

69. Acer_Predator unregistered

well I bet apple are capable of doing such thing..

3. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

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.

21. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

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)

59. engineer-1701d unregistered

i remember they wanted to put a 1.5 mm jack like on some of the super slim phones and make people buy adapters

4. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I guess if you own nice quality headphones then your out of luck. Still, this is just a rumour.

5. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'm sure Apple will sell a Bluetooth adapter for wired headsets at the affordable price of no less than $120...

8. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Even Apple Isn't That Cruel.

44. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

They sold a pencil for $100 Arch_Fiend, I think they will be that cruel

45. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Well said!

49. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Wacom pencils are at the same price

56. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah But That Is An Important Accessory That Is Sure To Cost More Than An Adaptor.

6. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

Doesn't seem like a good idea...and this is coming from a person who uses bluetooth headphones for hours on a daily basis. Wouldn't surprise me if Apple went ahead with something like this though.

7. sissy246

Posts: 7115; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

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.

9. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

This is way too much I dont think their iFans would be that fool to buy a no 3.55 jackpood.

10. yurajsiki

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

Jajajaja jajajaja jajajaja jajajaja

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Apple will reportedly bundle earpods that connect to the Lightning port. They Should Do That And Also Bundle An Adapter. I Don't Really Think They Will Make A Phone Without A Headphone Jack Anyway.

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