Apple May Replace 3.5mm Headphone Jack on iPhone 7 With All-in-One Lightning Connector

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is planning to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on the next-generation iPhone in favor of an all-in-one Lightning connector, according to often-reliable Japanese website Mac Otakara. Apple may also release Lightning-equipped EarPods to support the new audio output on future iOS devices.


    The report, citing a "reliable source," claims the new same-sized Lightning connector will support Lightning-equipped and Bluetooth headphones, and have a DAC, or digital-to-audio converter, for backwards compatibility with wired headphones using standard 3.5mm stereo jacks. A 3.5mm to Lightning adapter would be required.

    The so-called "iPhone 7" will likely be more than 1mm thinner than the 7.1mm thick iPhone 6s as a result, according to the report. The sixth-generation iPod touch could be a comparable device, with a depth of 6.1mm, but the portable media player still has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

    Apple will also reportedly release Lightning-equipped EarPods, which would likely be included in the box alongside the iPhone 7 and sold separately for use with other future iOS devices. Apple's current EarPods with a 3.5mm stereo jack will presumably remain available for purchase afterwards for the foreseeable future.

    Apple introduced new MFi Program specifications in June 2014 that allow third-party manufacturers to create headphones that connect to iOS devices via a Lightning cable, but the rollout has been slow. Philips has unveiled Lightning-equipped Fidelio M2L and Fidelio NC1L headphones over the past 14 months.

    Should this rumor prove to be true, Apple's decision to switch to an all-in-one Lightning connector for charging and audio output could face the same kind of controversy as when the company retired its proprietary 30-pin dock connector in favor of a smaller Lightning connector starting with the iPhone 5 in 2012.

    Article Link: Apple May Replace 3.5mm Headphone Jack on iPhone 7 With All-in-One Lightning Connector
  2. Goldfrapp, Nov 27, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2015

    Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    ... and render all other headphones useless (unless you buy a $200 adapter from Apple). Thanks, Taylor.
  3. that be me macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2013
    Reminder that it's the 3.5 mm headphone jack that's the sole reason the iPhone is so thick.
  4. farewelwilliams macrumors 68020

    Jun 18, 2014
    do you wanna charge? or do you wanna listen to Apple Music?
  5. Asarien macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2015
    Oakland, CA
    As if they need to be thinner.
  6. pezkiln macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2014
  7. bennyprofane macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2015
    I've feared this day might come. May have to jump ship.
  8. evansls macrumors regular


    Jul 18, 2004
    Leesburg, VA
    great. another adapter to keep track of. however, it would be nice if lighting would transfer data a 3.0 speeds. oh well. thanks apple!
  9. MyMacintosh macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2012
    ....thinner? any thinner and i'll lose it into the time-space continuum forever
  10. japanime macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2006
    Not according to the article, which states the new connector "have a DAC, or digital-to-audio converter, for backwards compatibility with wired headphones using standard 3.5mm stereo jacks."
  11. webbuzz macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2010
  12. bennyprofane macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2015
    As stated, the iPod is thinner and has a headphone jack.
  13. ShadovvMoon macrumors 6502


    May 22, 2015
    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    Thats a bummer considering I regularly use both the charger and headphones at the same time. Though, higher quality audio output and thinner phone (or same thickness with a bigger battery - but like that's going to happen) are pretty nice too.
  14. penajmz macrumors 68040


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
    It's kinda crazy but not that crazy if you think about it. I lersonally usually use wireless headphones. I own the powerbeats which are wireless and can't remember the last time I plugged in any headphones.
  15. MallardDuck macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2014
    As long as they have TWO connectors so we can charge and listen to music at the same time.

    Wireless headphones (earbud style) are never as loud or clear as wired.
  16. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    I think we're getting to the point now where wireless headphones are good enough to replace wired ones for most people.
  17. Glassed Silver, Nov 27, 2015
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    Glassed Silver macrumors 68020

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    Adapter sold separately for just $19.99.
    Also, nobody needs to charge an iPhone and possibly use the audio jack as well!
    Bluetooth has the same audio quality as 3.5.

    Shall I continue?

    Well, wireless uses more juice and it's just another device to keep charged. meh...

    They make it very hard to feel too excited about their products these days.
    I'll sack some hate, but whatever: the magic is gone.
    At this point most of the reasons Apple gear still is better than competing products can be boiled down to:
    -existing investment into the ecosystem
    -possibly a better focus on privacy, which I have to admit I love
    -former success and sensible design (software and hardware, mostly hardware these days as they say goodbye to many software feats)

    Glassed Silver:mac

    PS: Oh and how convenient to make the iPhone thinner again. That way you might lust for that separate port even more whilst listening to music when you face the obstacle of picking between charging and audio.
    Of course there will be Y-splitters, yours for just 29.99!
  18. farewelwilliams macrumors 68020

    Jun 18, 2014
    actually, this would make sense if iPhone is moving towards wireless charging
  19. hlfway2anywhere macrumors 65816

    Jul 15, 2006
    I was going to post "in before complaining" but I guess I'm too late.
  20. GizmoDVD macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2008
    Fine with me.

    This is going to be an awesome thread to read in a few days. The amount of "I'll switch to Android!!!" Always cracks me up.
  21. allanfries macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2013
  22. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    So no audio connection unless you have a battery draining Bluetooth device or a freakimg dongle to adapt your audio cables to connect to the car radio, speakers, as well as any headphones. Why instead of messing with that they stop offering the crappy white earbuds and reduce the phone price, and include some decent stereo speakers.
  23. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    So no connection to the car stereo because driving a car is so last decade... o_O
  24. GizmoDVD macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2008
    Since this thread will be amazing soon, any suggestions for wireless earbuds?

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