Apple rumoured to be ditching headphone jack for iPhone 7
Traditional 3.5mm port prevents next iPhone from going even thinner, says rumours site
Apple may be considering dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack on future iPhones, starting with the iPhone 7, according to numerous Apple rumour blogs.
First reported by Japanese blog MacOtakara - which cites "reliable sources" - Apple is looking to make its next iPhone even thinner than the 6.9mm iPhone 6. However, the presence of a 3.5mm headphone port, which is industry-standard, makes this dream largely impossible.
However, removing the headphone jack, and using the device's Lightning port for audio instead, would enable Apple to create a thinner iPhone.
The website said that, according to its sources, the next iPhone could be accompanied with EarPod headphones that have a Lighting port adapter, rather than a headphone jack adapter.
There would still be an engineering problem, however, in that such a connection would require a digital-analogue converter. It is thought that Apple would get around this by building the converter into the Lightning port, which MacOtakara's source said would not affect the size of the port.
By dropping the headphone Jack, MacOtakara said that the iPhone 7 will be at least 1mm thinner than the iPhone 6. In terms of the device's other dimensions, the website claimed that the iPhone 7 will feature the same screen shape and size.
This isn't the first time that Apple has been rumoured to be dropping the headphone jack on a future iPhone. Ahead of the iPhone 6S launch, many blogs reported that that device would see Apple would be doing away with the traditional port and using the Lightning port for audio instead.
While that prediction did not come to pass, the fact that the rumour has returned suggests that there may be something to it. There's no smoke without fire.