Apple is set to release their new flagship iPhone, the iPhone 7, in September this year. As usual, rumours are flying around and speculations are being made. But one rumour from a ‘reliable source’ about the new device seems to have upset a lot of current iPhone users.
A report from Japanese blog, Macotakara, claims that Apple is planning to remove the 3.5mm headphone port from the iPhone 7. The blog states this rumour comes from a ‘reliable source’ which led a lot of people to be skeptical about it. However, looking at past developments to iPhones, it does seem like something Apple would do.
The blog explains that Apple may be removing the headphone port to make the phone thinner – which seems credible as Apple seems to be obsessed with making every new iPhone thinner and thinner.
The removal of the headphone port will apparently help to achieve a ‘more than 1mm’ reduction in thickness compared to the iPhone 6S. Macotakara says that the widely-used 3.5 mm headphone port ‘can hardly be thinner because it is the world standard’ – which is true as it is used in almost every current device.
However, the current generation iPod touch is 1mm thinner than the iPhone 6S despite having a 3.5 mm headphone port which could suggest there may be some other reason for Apple wanting to remove the headphone port.
The removal of the 3.5 mm port will mean headphones will have to have a Lightning connector to be compatible with the new iPhone. Reports also suggest that Apple will be shipping EarPods with a Lightning connector with the new iPhone 7.
The rumour that headphones will now need to have a Lightning connector to be used with the new iPhone enraged many people as it would lead to compatibility issues with current headphones. Also, to get around these compatibility issues, it is likely that Apple will release an adapter which will most likely cost extra. There is also concerns with charging the iPhone whilst using headphones as there is only one port so this could also prove difficult.
Image credit: Handy Abovergleich – An iPhone 7 concept design without headphone jack.
Undoubtedly, headphone manufacturers will also be annoyed by this rumour as it means they will have to either spend more money on making Lightning-compatible headphones or spend more money on making a 3.5mm to Lightning adapter and including this with their headphones.
Apple introduced Lightning specs last year however very few Lightning-connector headphones have since been made. The most notable Lightning headphones would have to be the JBL Reflect Aware earbuds which were among one of the first earbuds to come with a Lightning connector.
Although many people will be annoyed at these rumours of the iPhone 7 coming without the 3.5mm port, there are some advantages. As we saw with the JBL Lightning headphones, a Lightning connector will enable more control over sound and noise cancellation which can give a more immersive experience. A digital connection compared to the ancient connection of the 3.5mm port could also make music generally sound a lot better which could be one of the reasons Apple is planning on removing the port.
As a lot of people have said, we will soon get used to it. The situation is similar to when Apple announced they would be replacing the 30-pin connector for the Lightning connector; a lot of people were angry about the fact however they soon got over it (mainly because the Lightning connector was a lot better with it’s smaller size and reversibility, etc.)
For now, we will just have to wait to see what Apple will do with the new iPhone 7 – nothing is confirmed until the release of the new device in September.