In recent news, Apple may be planning to remove the 3.5mm headphone port in order to make the iPhone 7 slimmer.
According to a report from a Japanese blog, Macotakara claims that Apple has plans on removing the 3.5mm headphone jack from their next-gen iPhone, in order to make the phone 1mm thinner than the current model, however the screen shape such as the radius will be kept.
If the report is true, Apple is getting ready for wireless accessories, and will get rid of the headphone jack in order to obtain their desired slimness. Macotakara also reported that Apple will introduce Lightning connector-equipped EarPods for the iPhone 7. This means a DA (Digital to Analog) converter will be required. The report also claims that the DA will be built in the Lightning connector, without sacrificing the size.
In addition, third-party wired headphone makers will have to either include a Lightning cable or 3.5mm Lightning adapters with their headphones. Of course, Bluetooth headphones won’t be affected by this change.
Apple has also patented in the past new headphone jack designs that are thinner than the standard jacks, so it’s very likely the company is getting ready for slimmer headphone jacks for their future devices if they don’t remove the jacks completely. At the moment nothing is official, so we’ll take the news as a grain of salt.