Apple will sell its forthcoming iPhone 7 with a special headphone adapter and a standard pair of its EarPods, with the aim of helping users make the switch to its new headphone system that uses the Lightning dock connector currently utitilsed for charging and data transfers.
Rumours have been rife for months that Apple will finally ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone jack found in all smartphones and tablets and instead force users to plug their headphones in via the Lightning port.
It had been thought that Apple would sell the iPhone 7 with specially designed versions of its EarPods, featuring a Lightning connector.
Now a report from Japan suggests it will instead offer an adapter, making it easier for iPhone owners to use their own headphones with the smartphone. Most of which are likely to be better quality than the cheap Apple-branded ones packaged with iDevices.
Including an adapter appears to fly in the face of Apple’s conviction that the 3.5mm headphone jack is dead. Or at least deserves to be put out to pasture.
Rumours earlier this week even claimed that it was planning on keeping the standard slot.
It's thought unlikely that taking out the port will enable Apple to make a slimmer handset.
The iPhone 7 is due to launch in September, with larger storage capacity and an improved camera.
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