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SandboxGeneral

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I kind of doubt they'd do that too - but you never know.

The most compelling evidence came from the tech blog 9to5Mac, which reported that Apple is asking its contractors to make headphones that plug directly into the iPhone charging port.

If that's the case, there would no doubt be an adapter available or made to plug traditional headphones in, and Apple would also, no doubt, make a new set of earbuds that plugs directly into the Lightning port.

If they do that, it will, for sure, make a lot of people upset.
 

bransoj

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I'm not convinced at all that they are getting rid of it more adding another headphone option that allows access to more stuff that serious audiophiles will really use.

Looking at the bottom of my current iPhone 5 it wouldnt allow for a massive width reduction anyhow and does the phone really need to be any thinner.

The so called compelling evidence could just be the case that Apple have told manufacturers that this option exists now to get headphones on the market for the launch and isnt compelling at all that they are dumping the normal jack.
 

barkomatic

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I was actually surprised to hear this rumor repeated on NBC nightly news. It's extremely rare that something like a change to a headphone jack is considered newsworthy. :p

If Apple does make this move than I'd be fine with it as long as they included an adapter for standard headphones for *free*. I'm not going to be limited to 3 pairs of proprietary headphones at launch or be expected to pay $29 for a stupid adapter. I think I'd be tempted to choose another smartphone if they pulled that.

Then again, the mock-ups based on leaks make the iPhone 6 look like a mid-range Android phone -- so I may not get it anyway if those turn out to be accurate.
 

Kingmoak

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Its too early for Apple to ditch the headphone jack. But it will happen in time.

The reason being if you have lightning headphones wouldnt you need a lightning port on the MacBook/Mac/iMac and also iPod/iPads to use with you lightning headphones.

This is Apple's 1st phase of removing the headphones, which is to get people on other technology whether it be BT4.0 or lightning or both combined.

Expect the headphone gone by iPhone 7 or 8 which is 2-4 years away.
 
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madsci954

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I think this was written just to get page views. These days, anything Apple related will get the page views, both from the fans and the haters. I wouldn't take it to heart.
 

eelw

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Really don't get how Apple announcing MFi headphones snowballed into them removing the headphone jack. Yes if lightning headphones become successful in the future, Apple will remove the headphone jack in future devices. But no way in the iPhone 6 even before there are any commercially released lightning headphones. Fear mongering by social media outlets.
 

marvz

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Perhaps with the iPhone 7 but not this/next year.
Didn't you see all the leaked designs?
 

marvz

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Yes and we know how reliable they are.:rolleyes:

I'm 99.9% sure that the iPhone 6 will look like the leaks. They are producing over 10 million units this time of the year. It's impossible to hide everything.
It's the same like every iPhone release. We knew already how the iPhone 5/5s would look like in May of the year and since Apple is producing even more units every year - this is the final design of the iPhone 6. :)
 
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HarryWild

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This might be the last straw from me and Apple if this is true...
http://www.nydailynews.com/life-sty...eadphones-apple-fans-fuming-article-1.1826371

The reason that the 3.5mm analog connector is going to be replaced by the lightning connector is that it is thinner and it is digital which means provides better connection and sound quality. I think it is need to achieve the thinnest that Apple wants to have. Don't forget about Beat purchase!

I sure Apple has plans to take care of you and will sell you an $29 adopter for your analog headphone so you can use it if you upgrade to an iPhone 6 ! LOL!
 

Newtons Apple

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The reason that the 3.5mm analog connector is going to be replaced by the lightning connector is that it is thinner and it is digital which means provides better connection and sound quality. I think it is need to achieve the thinnest that Apple wants to have. Don't forget about Beat purchase!

I sure Apple has plans to take care of you and will sell you an $29 adopter for your analog headphone so you can use it if you upgrade to an iPhone 6 ! LOL!

We do not need the phone to be thinner! Apple needs to stop! Too many bent phone as it is!
 

hleewell

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The reason that the 3.5mm analog connector is going to be replaced by the lightning connector is that it is thinner and it is digital which means provides better connection and sound quality. I think it is need to achieve the thinnest that Apple wants to have. Don't forget about Beat purchase!

I sure Apple has plans to take care of you and will sell you an $29 adopter for your analog headphone so you can use it if you upgrade to an iPhone 6 ! LOL!

More adapters to play with.
 

Oohara

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No way will they do this, it's way too early - if it ever happens. Alienating everyone who has invested in a nice set of headphones with the classic jack...not a good move for sales. And needing an adapter just to use your freaking headphones would be a massive PITA.
 

joeblow7777

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Interesting! A lot of you guys were spot on with your predictions.

Yeah, it's funny how people said it wouldn't happen before the iPhone 7. But the fact that there was speculation about this 2 years ago shows that Apple doesn't just implement changes (good or bad) on a whim. Even now they're no doubt already working on the 2018 iPhone!
 
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