Apple's Next iPhone Could Come Without a Headphone Jack

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2015-12-02 Print this article Print
Apple, headphone jack, iPhone, Lightning port, thinner smartphones, smartphones, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus

Because Apple sells so many iPhones, it can effectively make the market for peripherals and connection standards with more control than any competitor, including Samsung, wrote Greengart. "As such, they cannot—and should not—try to replace the headphone jack on their own products in response, even if the rumor turns out to be true. They should, however, build higher quality audio connectors into their phones in addition to the 3.5mm jack (perhaps by augmenting it with an embedded digital connector) and then bundling high quality headphones at retail."

Jan Dawson, chief analyst of Jackdaw Research, sees it all a bit differently. Dawson told eWEEK that while headphone jacks have evolved a bit over the years, they are "nowhere near as smart as they could be." Worse, he wrote, "they take up quite a bit of space both inside and on the outside of the phone. Collapsing that functionality into the Lightning port should save space and allow headphones to do more as well."

On the other hand, customer angst from Apple buyers who own headphones that potentially wouldn't work on later iPhone models is likely to be loud, he added.

"I'd expect there to be an outcry about all the headphones that will no longer work directly with new iPhones, but Apple will almost certainly release an adapter and will obviously supply new ear pods with the new phones, such that for most people it'll blow over pretty quickly."

Apple's new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus smartphones went on sale on Sept. 25. The iPhone 6s includes a 4.7-inch display, while the 6s Plus has a 5.5-inch display, both of which are wrapped in a new stronger cover glass. Both new phones are built around Apple's fastest smartphone chip, the A9, which is a third-generation 64-bit chip. The cameras on the latest devices received a major upgrade with the addition of an all-new 12MP iSight camera that has 50 percent more pixels than earlier devices. Both phones also are now capable of 4K video, run on iOS 9 and include new 5MP FaceTime HD front cameras.



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