Apple will do away with the standardised 3.5–inch headphone jack in the next iPhone and replace it with the device’s Lightning charging port for connecting headphones.
A report from Japanese site Mac Otakara, backed up by what we're assured is a ‘reliable source’, says Apple will make the move to further slim down the design of 2016’s iPhone 7. The current-gen iPhone 6s is due for a major overhaul next year.
If Apple does follow through with its plans, it will apparently start selling its own EarPods headphones with a Lightning connector. There is also talk of offering an adapter so headphones with 3.5mm jacks will still work.
Apple’s partners have already released a number of headphones using the Lightning port rather than 3.5mm connectors. Philips’ Fidelio range, which use the port, has garnered a slew of particularly positive reviews in the past year.
Although Apple many will welcome a slimmer iPhone, the move to a new standard for connecting is likely to prompt widespread anger among iPhone owners who already own high quality headphones.
Apple has a history of making such moves in its Mac business, having ditched floppy discs in the late 1990s and doing away with optical disc drives and standard USB ports in recent years.
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