Rumor claims iPhone 7 may add second speaker in place of the headphone jack

Rumor claims iPhone 7 may add second speaker in place of the headphone jack
It seems like a done deal that Apple will be ditching the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and there have been rumors that Apple had some sort of plan to improve the sound quality of the device itself. Now, there is a report that claims at least part of that plan might be to add a second speaker to the iPhone 7.

According to a Barclays research memo written by analysts Blayne Curtis and Christopher Hemmelgarn, Apple will use a second amp built by supplier Cirrus Logic to power the second speaker, which will likely be placed in the same spot as the removed headphone jack. This means that the iPhone 7 wouldn't the best stereo sound, despite having two speakers because they would both be on the bottom edge of the phone. However, the report also noted that the iPhone 7 will not use dynamic noise cancellation, but use a basic digital codec instead, leaving built-in noise cancellation to be one of the upgrades made in the iPhone 7s.

Another interesting part of the report is regarding what might come packaged with the iPhone. Earlier rumors had guessed that Apple might include Bluetooth earbuds, but the new report makes more sense by saying Apple will actually include cabled earbuds that connect via the Lightning port. It would certainly be more like Apple to support its own tech and not a standard like Bluetooth. 

source: AppleInsider

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51 Comments

1. ChaoticRage

Posts: 154; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

That's good if it's true. Bring it Apple.

19. MSi_GS70 unregistered

That's not good at all, who would be listening crappy sound from little speakers? I woud rather keep HP jack

25. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The problem is they are both on the same side.

32. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

The real problem is that now Apple is in the business of selling air. They're going to use the "sound chambers" as an excuse to not fill that empty space with more battery. The ipad air could have lasted twice as long if they decided not to fill it with air.

43. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That way the name iPad "Air" would really make sense.

44. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, I'm hearing that the iPad Air 3 contains 100% more air than before with new sound chamber technology.

36. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Good? no, not one bit, because then it will mean that it will bring more obnoxious people playing music on their phone in public because they think it sounds soo great.. so yeah.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

A second speaker is awesome and all but I'm going to miss the headphone jack (if i get an iPhone 7) I have at least $150 worth of wired earbuds that would become useless. I use bluetooth earbuds 80% of the time but when they need to charge I rely on my wired earbuds, smh. I'm sure there will be an adapter but I shouldn't one.

16. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Need* one

29. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Samsung s7 edge as got you covered

47. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I don't want a samsung device tho so no.

51. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Don't worry, Samsung will follow suit very shortly.

37. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

how is a second speaker awesome? you aren't going to effectively hear true stereo with such a small speaker separation...

46. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

extra loudness is plus even if its slight.

48. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Not sure I agree, as that loudness always to me ends up being used by someone who thinks their music or whatever should be blaring out in public, though yeah, that is more a people issue then phone issue.

50. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That's not what i meant. message notification and getting a phone call., that's what extra loudness is good for.

52. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

ah well I can understand that, though at least to me, it isn't going to get used for its actual advantages. We will see I guess.

3. Unordinary unregistered

Too bad not four like the iPad

15. eden555

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

just get front facing speakers. its better than on the side

4. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Stereo sound from speakers sitting an inch and a half apart. Awesome, totally worth the sacrifice....

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

dont worry, each of them will automagically direct audio to each listener ear.. with the power of bias...

5. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Dont do that you can't get rid of 3.5 headphone jack that should be illegal

6. Elfmonster unregistered

I've sworn off apple for life but this lightning music quality thing is the most alluring feature I've heard from Apple in years.

7. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

It's what we call receiving a cigar from your own box of cigars in the Netherlands. It doesn't add anything that wasn't already possible, or in fact already done (through USB for example).

10. Elfmonster unregistered

I see. This is Android's big fail in audio. Android claimed it would bring usb headphone capability but it has not.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not a fail. Nobody wants it.

22. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

It did, it's up to you if you want to use it or not. See for example: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/z-ero-the-world-s-1st-digital-earphone#/

28. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Macready, I am sure that Apple would call this kind technology it's own innovation, even the technology has been existed for a while. Thank you for sharing that link.

42. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Thank you VERY much for shearing those. Based on the reviews on Amazon, it's totally worth it: http://smile.amazon.com/Z-ero-Digital-Earphone-Red/dp/B00WI79EK0/ref=lp_12087666011_1_2?srs=12087666011&ie=UTF8&qid=1455390117&sr=8-2 Purchased one for my OnePlus One, will be a great backup for whenever my BlueBuds X loose charge :D

27. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

It did, one of the slimmest phones released (I think it was a Gionee) had no jack and used the microUSB port as a headphone jack. They learnt their lesson for trying to remove the jack.

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