Apple’s iPhone 7 will no longer have a 3.5 mm headphone jack, says another report, adding to the list of rumours surrounding the next smartphone from Apple.
The report comes from Fast Company and says that the new iPhone will use the Lightning cable port for sound output and “will be noticeably thinner.” The report quotes a source with knowledge of the company’s plans and says that iPhone 7 will be waterproof.
It goes on to add that Apple’s new iPhone will have a noise-cancelling technology from Wolfson Microelectronics and that the Cupertino-giant could introduce a new set of more expensive headphones possibly under the Beats brand, that it acquired in 2014.
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Earlier a report from Japanese tech blog Macotakara, claimed that Apple will ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack. The report quoted ‘reliable sources’ saying that users will have to rely on a Digital to Analogue (DA) converter to use the older Earpod headphones.
Another report on Apple Insider noted that the company had hinted about Lightning conductor supported accessories at WWDC in 2014 as well. The Apple Insider report linked to a 2011 patent that could make this possible and the patent shows a D-shaped connector that could replace current 3.5 mm jacks.
Rumours have also indicated that the Apple iPhone 7 will be thinner and waterproof. A thinner iPhone could also mean a smaller battery size, which has traditionally been one of Apple’s weak points.
Meanwhile an Electronic Times report in Korea stated that LG Display and the panel-making unit of Samsung will supply OLED screens for Apple’s iPhone 7. Apple is also rumoured to be working on a 4-inch water-proof iPhone 6c, which it could release at WWDC in May this year.