Reference to an iPhone without audio jack appears in the iOS 9.3 beta code

Reference to an iPhone without audio jack appears in the iOS 9.3 beta code
The iOS 9.3 public beta 1.1 code shapes up to be a treasure trove of things to come with the next iPhone iterations. After discovering references to the ultrafast Li-Fi connectivity standard in the code lines, one jailbreak aficionado has now posted a snapshot that corroborates the most intriguing rumor about the eventual iPhone 7 - the disappearance of the standard audio jack.

The developer posted the picture you see below on their Twitter account, marking the code lines with the string "Headphones.have.%sinput.NO.” In other words, at least in the iOS source code, Apple is prepping for a life without the ancient 3.5mm audio jack that's been on the vast majority of phones since time immemorial.

Given the persistent rumors that Apple has slimmed the iPhone 7 further, when compared to the already catwalk iPhone 6s, a lack of audio jack is not out of the question. With handsets racing to become ever thinner, the round standard jack is certainly one of the obstacles on the way to make them even more elegant. There are already headphones with a Lightning port connector on the market, plus there is always wireless connectivity, too, so we will keep our ears up for any further tips on exactly how thin may the iPhone 7 become in the end.

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1. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Ok with me, 3.5mm takes up a lot of room and I'm sure standard headphones will be supplied to fit the lightning port...

2. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

Nope, headphones will not do that to just satisfy iPhone users

3. maxha97

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

But already many headphone companies are preparing to release lightening jack earphone or headphone

39. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

so what? 3.5mm jack is still preferable. I would understand if it were USB Type-C headphones that became a standard, but Lightning port? no freakin' way.

10. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I was talking about Apple supplying their own headphones in the box... Calm your tits.

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

So while you are charging your iPhone you can't use headphones unless it is wireless? They better provide wireless charger.

7. Nopers unregistered

Who charges their phone and listens to music on headphones anyway? If you're charging your phone, then you're probably at home.... so play it loud or listen on your laptop.

9. snatchlax17

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Who are YOU to DICTATE what I do with my phone while it's charging!

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I often listen to music from phone while it sits in pocket or bag along with power bank so STHU

19. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Play it loud as in through the phone's speaker? No one chooses to do that do they? Plus if you're travelling and your plane/train/whatever has the possibility to charge you phone you may want to take advantage of that and having music blaring is incredibly inconsiderate!

35. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Yes, ghetto people of Memphis do it all the time. brb walking around in the store with rap music radiating out of my pocket. Idk what's worse that or the people that walk around in a public place on the speaker phone.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I do, sometimes. Listen to music or watch video. Maybe you live alone, but I've got my wife and kids at home, and sometimes they are watching the TV while I want to listen on my phone.

29. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I do when traveling for work in a hotel. My computer doesn't have great speakers so I us my Bose headphones. I do have a Mini Link Bluetooth speaker but when needing to do a teleconference after a long day headphones and charging needed.

37. Hitokage

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

I do that. People around me wouldn't want to hear whatever I'm playing, and sound quality would be better on headphones regardless.

40. AlikMalix unregistered

Letsbegonest, you're absolutely right, but I switched to BT headphones years ago, the only problem is they do loose a bit of quality when you're like more than 10 feet away and worse when above 30 feet (but you cant get further than 5 feet with wired set anyway). I charge my phone typically overnight (almost never during the day anymore, because 6s+ios9). And for the few times I do use apples headphones - Apple will 100% ship the devices with lightning port headphones. But this will be disappointing for those that own an expensive set that has 3.5 jack on the end. And I'm very sure Apple isn't putting an adapter into that box. Either way, it's moving further and android manufacturers will most likely follow the year after - but it is, of course, going to disappoint quite a few people.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5810; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Personally, I wouldnt mind IF Apple open sourced their new wireless headphone standard and didnt require Made For iPhone certification But knowing Apple, they are probably going to do both of those

20. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The jack takes up very little room.

41. AlikMalix unregistered

If you open up the new iPhone (among other devices) you'll notice that the module for the Jack compared how tiny all the components are - is very big. The only thing bigger (stand alone component) is a battery. I believe, even the camera is smaller than the headphone jack and it's such a technical marvel compared to the jack. From an engineering standpoint - the Jack is redundant in the future - Apple just seems to want to get there before others. For the record I'm not supporting or criticizing the "jackless" concept...

4. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

It's surprising that they even have a universal jack on their phones. Next thing they'll do is limit the WiFi connection to Apple-made routers/hotspots only.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple will supply wireless headphones, or lightning headphones in the box, and will sell an adapter for the 3.5mm jack. It'll be no different, than getting rid of the 30 pin connection. People made a huge fuss over it at first, than life went on. It does give trolls, and fanboys something to argue about however.

13. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Jedi, there aren't only trolls that criticise that decision, look on Macrumours for example, I'd say 90% of people there are iPhone users and they all bash Apple for such stupid idea. Selling you a product which requires to buy additional accessories that add bulkiness and discomfort is something to be mad at. Just look at new Macbook, you have to buy goddamn USB C connection box to have stupid mini jack or HDMI port! Even plain USB port, you have to pay additional price for it, for something that was a standard even for Apple 2 years ago. And you probably know that I love iPhones, it's Apple's policy that drives me mad

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Some of their policies drive me nuts too bro

42. AlikMalix unregistered

I just think it's the whole "a smartphone without physical keyboard is dumb" argument all over again. We all know future is WITHOUT wires. I just hope Apple know what they're doing. For the record - I haven't met one person who found switching from 30 pin to lightning a problem, in proof - that also coincides with - none of these people ever owned a converter adapter either. The only speaker dock I owned had a 30 pin connectors for the iPhone also had BT - which I used most the time anyway. It's old and we all buy stuff like this every year anyway - the next one I bought had lighning and on top of that only 6 month into the new lighning port there were hundreds of choices of devices made for lighning - same would be with headphones. The only headphones I own besides all the ones that shipped with my iPhones is BT.

17. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

I could see a potential hit to battery life as I don't believe lightning can carry audio signals so the headphones will have to have a converter and be powered by the phone.

23. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Darkk, I've been there before. My old Samsung Omnia had a single port for charging and headphones. It came with headphones that fit it, and an adapter for 3.5mm sets I already owned. It sucked. I hated that set up. It was the worst thing about that phone. I was so happy when phones got the 3.5mm jack. This is a terrible move. Yes, the world won't end, but it also wouldn't end if Trump win the presidency. Just because the world goes on doesn't mean something stupid didn't happen.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

lol, I had an Omnia also, with Verizon. Remember the wrist strap? I don't think Apple should do it, but we'll adjust and move on is all I'm saying. Definitely a bone head move though.

14. ihearlivepplz

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

They could possibly sell an adapter that lets you charge your phone and listen to music at the same time. That's something they have already done with the new Macbook. More $$$ to them.

15. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

I find the use of the "time immemorial" phrase to be a bit hyperbolic; (mobile) phones aren't that old and until much more recently headphones were usually via a proprietary connector...

18. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

The 3.5mm jack takes up almost no space, and if I wanted a paper thin phone I'd be happy with a small area of the phone protruding for the headphone socket rather than add yet another insane compromise to iPhone where you can't charge and listen to phone simultaneously.

27. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Maybe it's not a big space to you, but iPhone is crammed full of tech, so much it sometimes explodes because of that. Even a cubic millimeter is an empty pool. It's another part that gets eliminated, another which will be replaced by a other part and entire device becomes simpler. Saved space is a great added bonus, anyway you look at it.

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