The iPhone 7 will not feature a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, it has emerged, and will instead make users connect wired headphones via the phone's Lightning charger connector.
News of Apple’s plans emerged before Christmas, but have now been reiterated by two reports emerging from China, both of which cite supply-chain sources.
While the original report suggested Apple would offer bundled headphones with a Lightning connector, these latest news stories claim the tech giant could release a set of proprietary Bluetooth wireless headphones to work with the handset.
By ditching the headphone jack, Apple will be able to significantly slim down the design of the device, while staying true to its guiding principle of removing what were considered to be key features from its products.
This tactic has long been used in its Mac range, where Apple pioneered the removal of the floppy disc, optical disc drive and standard USB port.
Apple already has a Made for iPhone programme which allows third parties to make headphones using a Lightning connector. So far, only Philips offers such products.
The iPhone 7 is believed to come with a whopping 256GB storage and a larger battery. The handset is due for release this autumn.