iPhone 7: Persistent Rumor Says Headphone Jack Will Be Gone
Sources reiterate what has been rumored since late 2015: Apple truly will drop the headphone jack in the next-gen iPhone7 to make the phones thinner.Apple's next iPhone will probably have the same screen sizes and overall design as existing iPhone 6s models, but will likely drop its long-present headphone jack and instead require headphones to use the phone's existing Lightning connector. The smartphone maker will apparently only make small changes to its existing iPhone 6s models instead of major redesigns every two years, and the removal of the headphone jack will be a first step toward that new strategy, according to a June 21 story by The Wall Street Journal. That means that Apple will stick with the existing 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes that are used on the latest iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus (pictured) when it brings out its next phones, which will like carry the iPhone 7 moniker. The removal of the headphone jack will allow the phones to be made thinner and will also improve their water resistance, the story reported, based on anonymous sources who are familiar with Apple's plans for the devices. "The Lightning connector will serve double-duty as a port for charging the phone and for connecting headphones," the sources told The Journal. This is not the first time that a deleted headphone jack has been rumored for the next iPhone. In December, reports first surfaced about the possible demise of the long-established 3.5mm headphone jack and the replacement of it with a thinner Lightning connector or with Bluetooth to help make the phones thinner, according to an earlier eWEEK story.
The latest report adds more details to the previous rumors, however, but will only be confirmed or dispelled once the new devices are unveiled during Apple's customary September releases.