Apple supplier preps for removal of 3.5mm headphone jack in next iPhone

“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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  1. It was recently reported that Apple makes any given connector obsolete after about fifteen years, which means that Lightning might only have a little more than ten years left.

    It’s not a problem if you use the earbuds that are supplied with an iPhone, but for those who buy high-end headphones, a likely usage of about ten years doesn’t seem too attractive.

  2. To get better audio from an iPhone, you just need a better amplifier. All Apple needs to do is put a better amplifier in the iPhone.

    And to use Lighting-equipped headphones or anything else that uses Lightning, you don’t need to take away the 3.5mm headphone jack.

    Apple is only doing this so you’ll either have to buy headphones or adapters from them.

    1. It allows the iphone to be thinner by 1.5 to 2mm.
      Among other things…

      Why are some people so resistant to change?

      As i wrote above.. Caves were pretty good dwelling in their own times… But we live in houses now …

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