Apple caused a lot of controversy when it brought in the lightning adapter on the iPhone 5, and it may pull a similar stunt next year with the headphone jack.
The company wants to make its phones thinner than ever, but some components of the iPhone can't be shrunk down - including the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Apple has patented a new technology - that may come to the iPhone 7 - showing off a new way to connect your headphones in the form of what it's calling a "D jack". It features a diameter of 2.0mm and would need a specific headphone connector.
Prepare for change
It proves considerably thinner than other headphone connectors – especially the typical 3.5mm jack – but it'll mean replacing all your headphones that connect up to your iPhone, or you'll just have to use Bluetooth earbuds.
The iPhone 7 is likely to be a major redesign of the iPhone 6S so it wouldn't surprise us if Apple decided to go even thinner than before.
Back when we were waiting on the iPhone 6, the rumour was that Beats headphones would come with exclusive adapters for the lightning port as a further way to use the brand Apple spent $3.2 billion on. Maybe that is set to change and Beats will soon come with a D jack instead.
There's nothing official suggesting this, but without moving Beats headphones onto a new adapter it would be difficult for the company to justify the change.
Dropping down to a smaller headphone jack would be another hurdle jumped in the race to make the phone thinner. Even though this patent has only just been released it was filed by Apple back in May 2011, so if Apple's planning on using it, it's very possible we'll see something soon.