“The rumors swirling around the next big launch of the iPhone all indicate Apple is dumping the long-standing 3.5mm headphone jack,” Aaron Tilley reports for Forbes.

“In its place, users will likely have to plug headphones into Apple’s proprietary Lighting port,” Tilley reports. “If this happens, headphone makers will have to be certified under Apple’s MFi (Made For iPhone/iPad/iPod) program. And now one Apple supplier is lining up for this seemingly inevitable future.”

“On Wednesday, Cirrus Logic, a major supplier of audio chips to Apple, announced a development kit to help other companies build MFi-certified headphones,” Tilley reports. “The kit provides reference designs and a development board for creating Apple-certified headphones.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Can’t happen soon enough. Dumping the 3.5mm anachronism for Lightning will deliver myriad improvements and innovations.

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