Monday, November 30, 2015

Apple to ditch 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7?

After some small hints in the past, it looks like Apple is finally getting ready to say goodbye to the standard 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7, and going all-in on the Lightning connector for digital headphones and earphones.

It seem there's no end to Apple's desire for thin devices, to the point that even the 3.5mm jack is getting in its way. Apple is no stranger when it comes to saying goodbye to older technology, though in the past that mean using better, but standard, connectors. Now, it seems they want to get rid of the 3.5mm headphones socket, and using the digital lightning connector for audio output.

I think this will angry a lot of previously happy iPhone user. Not only it will mean buying new headphones that they won't be able to use elsewhere; it will also mean having to carry around adapter plugs or cables should you want to use your own older headphones.

Worse still, how will people be able to listen to music while charging their iPhones? Will we need yet a new adapter cable or special dock to allow the simultaneous charging while listening to music? Maybe Apple is finally considering adding wireless charging to the iPhone, which would take care of that, but not for all the other cases you'd might like to use a lightning add-on device on your iPhone while having your headphones plugged in.

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