“There are once again rumors that Apple is going to remove the 3.5mm audio jack from the next iPhone, this time courtesy of a report from Japanese website Macotakara,” Graham Spencer writes for MacStories. “The Macotakara report goes on to suggest that audio output on the iPhone 7 will be handled via the Lightning connector and Bluetooth, and that the EarPod included with every iPhone will be upgraded and use the Lightning connector.”
“It’s too early to tell whether Apple really will get rid of the 3.5mm audio jack on the iPhone 7 next year, but I think the real question is when will they get rid of it, not if they get rid of it,” Spencer writes. “In my eyes, it’s either going to happen in 2016 with the iPhone 7 or 2018 with the iPhone 8.”
“I think the removal of the audio jack on an iPhone is a much more significant change than switching from a 30-pin connector to the Lightning port. It is inevitable that the removal of the 3.5mm audio jack will cause pain, frustration, and annoyance amongst virtually all iPhone customers (to varying degrees),” Spencer writes. “Apple is well aware of this, and I think they should be doing everything they can to minimise these adverse effects on customers.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Can’t happen soon enough! The standard 3.5mm audio jack is an anachronism and a design limiter that begs to die.
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