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This is an interesting rumor we have here today regarding the iPhone 7. A very reliable Japanese blog, Macotakara, today posted information regarding the headphone or in this case, the lack hereof the 3.5mm headphone jacks. Apple is opting to remove the standard 3.5mm headphone jacks in favor of lightning port.
This rumor might come as a big shock to most of us especially considering that the 3.5mm headphone jack is an industry standard. Removing it might cause many people to be upset, as headphones all over the world use the 3.5mm standard.
The reason why Apple wants to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of the lightning port is because Apple wants to reduce the thickness of the iPhone 7. By introducing the lightning port, Apple will be able to reduce the thickness of the iPhone 7 by a couple of more millimeters.
It is still far away to decide what Apple is actually planning for the iPhone 7 but considering the source of this rumor, I believe Apple will remove the standard 3.5mm headphone jacks.
This will be the first time since the original iPhone that Apple will remove this specification.
By removing the 3.5mm headphone jacks, Apple is going to introduce new headphones or EarPods as Apple likes to call it. They will be completely wireless; which sounds great. But the problem is that the new headphones that will be compatible with iPhone 7 might be expensive considering lightning port is all digital while 3.5mm headphone jack is analog.
It is also expected that Apple will release a converter for the current headphones that will work with the iPhone 7 but won’t have the quality of the new ones.
iPhone 7 headphones will work via Bluetooth 4.0 to reduce power consumption.