Heaphone jack will be next thing to shrink

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  1. walkman macrumors member

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    Look at the bottom of the iP5 - if Apple wants to make the phone any thinner they are going to have to do something with the headphone jack.
     
  2. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    They could use 1 universal lighting plug for the headphone as well!

    I have this lenovo dumb phone that has a micro usb plug that I can use for charging, and headphone too! :eek:

    I thought it was a koo concept just 1 standard plug on the phone.

    Then again of course ppl gonna bitch about not being standard or will need an adapter to use a 3.5 jack headphone.
     
  3. Riiyah macrumors newbie

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    First thing when I woke up this morning, I saw the headphone jack and I thought, damn they're going to have to make a proprietary headphone jack next. I don't think that will happen anytime soon though.
     
  4. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040

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    They shouldn't make the phone any thinner, it'll get into iPod touch territory then, where the thinness makes it uncomfortable to hold.
     
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  6. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    I dunno. They already tried the 'non-standard headphone jack size' thing on the first iPhone and I don't think it was popular. Given that the iPod Shuffle has a headphone jack, I think this is one they won't end up touching.

    You're right that this may be what defines the limit but, well, something has to!
     
  7. Jman13 macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, the iPod touch is way thinner and it uses a standard headphone jack.

    BTW...I can deal with proprietary charging/docking cables (especially since the iPhone is popular enough that they end up available everywhere anyway), but if they switch to a proprietary headphone jack, I will be finished with the iPhone. And I love the iPhone. I've used Android on my tablet plenty, and I don't want to switch, especially not to a monster screened phablet...but I won't be locked into Apple only headphones. That's a standard that has existed for 30-40 years, and changing it would be absolutely ridiculous.
     
  8. solo118 macrumors 65816

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    Or they can force you to use Bluetooth headsets :p
     
  9. HowardSmith macrumors 6502a

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    We do not know if Apple wants to make the phone thinner. I highly doubt it
     
  10. fat jez macrumors 68000

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    you can already get 2.5mm headphone jacks - my Nokia work phone uses one for its handsfree kit. You don't get much choice in the headphones that work with it though.
     
  11. 1080p macrumors 68020

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    Uh... dumb phones USED to come with a 2.5" headphone jack and people hated it. Apple was the ones who pretty much pushed the 3.5" jack on all of their devices.

    Also... The first Android phones used the micro USB plug for headphones and people complained about it. I don't think the standard jack will go away. Too many people use premium headphones... Beats...etc.
     
  12. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    The first iPhone had a standard headphone jack, in that any regular headphone could plug into it. The issue was that the opening in the external shell didn't accept headphones with fatter jack handles.
     
  13. kas23 macrumors 603

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    If Apple wants to provide us with better than decent (read: premium) ear plugs, then I'm all for it.
     
  14. Ice-Cube macrumors 6502a

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    i think they will go for slim throughout till it reaches the headphone port where it thickens out.
     
  15. guinnkevinr macrumors newbie

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    Honestly, I wouldn't want the phone any thinner. The iPhone 5 already feels too think when in my hands for some reason. (Not complaining, just don't think I'd like it any thinner). I have a incipio case on it now and it feels like just the right size with it on.
     
  16. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Even the iPod touch, which is thinner still, has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

    i don't see the iPhone getting thinner than the 3.5mm jack until there's a major technology shift. They've already made the case as thin as they can, they've already made the screen+touch+glass about as thin as they can get, and what's left is the battery and logic board.

    Maybe with some sort of future case material like Liquidmetal it will get as thin as the iPod touch is now. I doubt it will get any thinner than that unless there's some sort of major form factor shift in the future, like flexible devices.
     
  17. Beezzy macrumors 6502

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    Remember when they tried that with the OG iPhone. Didn't work out so well for them. A charger is one thing but no way will they mess with the headphone jack.
     
  18. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Huh. I didn't have one so I didn't know that. Everyone I knew who had the first iPhone needed that tiny adapter so I guess they all had fatter headphones.

    But seeing as how so many people needed that adapter, I'd kind of say it was 'non-standard,' even if some headphones could use it.
     
  19. Littleman macrumors regular

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    Yep
     
  20. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    They need to keep the phone as it is in terms of thickness. Also, trying to "revolutionize" the headphone jack will really cause an uproar unless headphone manufactures are willing to start producing products for Apple only. In that case we can kiss buying headphones for cheap.
     
  21. ajvizzgamer101 macrumors 65816

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    They will probably force companies to build AirPlay into there headphones.
     

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