Alleged iPhone 7 part has 3.5mm headphone jack we thought would be going away

By , May 3, 2016

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An image of a purported component for Apple’s unannounced next-generation iPhone has leaked out yesterday courtesy of French blog NowhereElse.fr and—surprise, surprise—it depicts a 3.5mm headphone jack. Remember, the rumor-mill has been cognizant for months that the century-old analog audio jack will be removed from an ‘iPhone 7’ in favor of Lightning-powered or wireless headphones.

The image appears to show a Lightning cable assembly, supposedly for an iPhone device, and it looks a tad different compared to the same part found in the current-generation iPhone 6s.

As mentioned, the biggest takeaway here is the inclusion of the standard 3.5mm headphone jack that we’ve been told would be going away: Apple and the rest of the industry are poised to make a switch to wireless Bluetooth headsets and all-digital audio via USB-C and Lightning I/O.

One major consequence of today’s leak, assuming it’s genuine: the space that would be freed up by the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack is nowhere to be seen on this photo. Remember, Apple was said to use that space for a second speaker.

The part seen in the comparison photo top of post also shows a number of other components such as the Lightning port and cellular antenna cables. NowhereElse cautions that the image, which surfaced on the Chinese social network Sina Weibo, might also represent an assembly part belonging to a Chinese counterfeit manufacturer.

Will Apple ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack in the next iPhone or not?

Tell us what you think down in the comment section.

Source: NowhereElse.fr (Google Translate)

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  • Martynet

    If they remove the jack I can’t wait to hear the reason for that. Because there could be so many it’s kind of exciting. I didn’t use the headphone jack since iPhone 5s, because I use bluetooth headphones and I would also love a pair of over ear Lightning headphones with good quality DAC, which would transcode highres music files.

    • Shinonuke

      You can’t wait to hear the reason for removing the jack? I thought you answered it with your last sentence

      • Martynet

        Well, I just want to hear it from Apple 🙂

    • SouthMouth

      But Bluetooth headphones sound horrible compared to 3.5 jack headphones they’re not removing it anytime soon unless they wanna see a 80% decrease in the amount of sales they get and watch their stock drop overnight. No one wants to have to always have to charge their headphones, only be able to use the crappy stock headphones they give u or have to carry some bulky adapter around everywhere you go…we’re not there yet and it would be the dumbest thing they could do to remove it

  • tariq

    I think there is a good chance they will remove it since there are other phones that have done it. Not saying apple copies other phones, but the idea has been tested on different phones in other countries. So maybe apple will remove headphone jack and later samsung might follow
    And to keep apple smartwatch connected to phone, im guessing it is done over bluetooth? So might as well use that bluetooth for wireless headphones as well

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    Not that I’m going to get the iPhone 7, but I sure hope that this is legit. Removing the headphone jack is the equivalent to removing the volume up / down buttons.

    • Shinonuke

      I think the better comparison would be equivalent to removing coaxial tv plug and replacing it with HDMI plugs. Higher data transfer capacity and more applications

      • Anonymous

        Yeah thats a better comparison!

      • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

        Except that an iPhone has only one port, so you can only plug in one thing at a time. Say, your Lightning cable to charge. What if you want to plug in headphones? 3rd party accessory? Probably. But that just makes everything more complicated, and more costly.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        And we sure do love spending more money on yet more accessories and we equally sure do love having more and more adapters as the years go by. *sarcasm*

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    I am still very much against Apple removing the headphone jack. Almost everyone I know uses wired headphones, and I’m sure the better part of Earth’s population uses them too. Wireless is great, and even wired headphones though lightning port are great, hell even better. But it’s just less convenient. Eveyone has standard headphones. Mot that many digital / wireless ones.

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      It is especially bad for audiophiles like myself who just won’t go out and buy your regular headphones. I use pro/DJ headphones like the Pioneer HDJ-1000, Sennheiser HD-25 MK-II, Allen & Heath Xone XD-53 and the like, and they are 3.5mm. I don’t think any of these pro/DJ/studio monitor headphone manufacturers even make ones with Lightning. As you said, virtually everyone on planet Earth is using 3.5mm.

      • Shinonuke

        I believed that virtually everyone used coaxial before the HDMI was introduced. Audiophile will see more lightning headphones if it starts to become popular like the HDMI. Being an audiophile, like yourself, they will go out a buy ithe Lightning headphones if it can deliver before quality sounds than the 3.5 jacks. The debate is “convenience” due to having to buy adapters so you can listen to music and charging the phone at the same time.

  • diggitydang

    I don’t deny that this is the future… but we’re not there yet… I’m not there yet… I only use Bluetooth earphones when running – even then, it cuts in and out every so often because the Bluetooth signal is interrupted between the distance from the phone in my pocket, through my fat (ha) and to my ears. It might be the phone’s way of telling me to run more… hahahaha…

    Anyway, wired is still my preferred choice and I can’t see that changing for at least the next few years.

    • Rowan09

      Which Bluetooth headphones do you use? I bought some Motorola ones that were terrible and now have the wireless beats 2 and have no issues.

      • diggitydang

        Monster iSports… I have wired Beats Urbeats which I use as my daily Earphones.

    • diggitydang

      Not to mention needing to charge the Bluetooth ones…

  • Eli Montoya

    People are so stupid. Why would they remove the port. Why!

    • Rowan09

      Same reason they got rid of floppy disks, it’s an upgrade.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        This isn’t really an upgrade. This is more a diversion till they figure out what they want to do. Buy the time the Floppy was gone, CDs were already prolific, and then came USB sticks and they were prolific in their presence too. Headphone manufacturers, at least 95% of the wired head/earphones out there use 3.5mm, especially DJ/studio-monitor ear/headphones, those almost exclusively use 3.5mm, 2.5mm or 1/4″ jack mechanism! Also, this isn’t an upgrade if we’re going to have just more and more dongles, accessories, adapters dangling from our phones. And since it’s only one port, this thing will also drain battery because the Lightning output will have to power the ear/headphones too, and if it’s wireless then we have an even bigger problem: (1) crap audio compared to wired equipment, (2) signal interruptions, and (3) poorer battery life because….bluetooth.

      • Rowan09

        Bluetooth is low power and consume little to no power. Plus the headphone jack is suppose to go digital which is theory should be better than what we have. Until some gets rid of the headphone jack there won’t be a real need to improve upon the deficiencies of wireless tech. Let’s wait and see how this plays out because I went wireless about 2 years now and I’m fine.

      • Blip dude

        Bingo!! I said it once and I’ll say it again, as someone who owns Bluetooth headphones, until they have 24 hour battery life which results in charging every 2-5 days average, battery life in portable devices will continue to suck period.

        The headphone jack isn’t broken at all. It seems that every argument supporting the removal of the headphone don’t realize they can ALREADY do everything they mentioned, and is the presence of the headphone jack really compromising this now.

        Let’s face it, it’s possible that the only real reason for Apple to remove the headphone jack at this point is to make the device thinner, which personally I don’t want.

        Also, how would I be expected to use lightning port to listen to music and charge my phone at the same time without the use of bluetooth?? I don’t always carry my bluetooth headphones because in certain occasions it’s actually a drag.

      • Shinonuke

        3.5 jacks have to power the headphones just like the Lightning ones. Just saying.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        Say that were the case, since Lightning is higher data transfer speeds for the alleged better audio quality, that will equate to a faster battery drain rate, because of the higher data transfer speeds. Is the negligible better audio quality really worth it at the expense of losing a port, having to carry around adapters and dongles and have worse battery life? Besides, I don’t see how much clearer audio can get beyond a bit rate of 256. How much can your ears tell that this audio is better than the other as high quality as today’s audio can get? Negligible and not worth it.

      • Shinonuke

        You wouldn’t want to tell audiophile that their ears are capable of detecting higher bite rates. I am not about to open that can of worms. Not sure if the new lightning drain enough power to be noticeable but the new plug looks nice.

      • SouthMouth

        It’s not an upgrade though Bluetooth headphones sound like $hit compared to regular headphones were not that far yet in terms of technology where no one uses 3.5 jacks anymore. Nobody used floppy disks when they killed them off for flash drives or cds so u can’t even compare the two

      • Rowan09

        Right but the 3.5 jack needs improvement and everything else has been changed except it, so it’s about time. It said that they might go digital by using the Lightning port, so in theory it should perform better than what we have now.

      • Shinonuke

        Cassette tapes recorded analog sounds. Anything that played it, speakers it headphones, will produce analog sounds. CD recorded and play digital sounds. The headphone is a delivering system. The 3.5 jacks are capable of delivering the sounds recorded in analog and digital. To say that they are trying to go “digital” with lightning plugs is an advertisement strategy. Research my friend

      • Rowan09

        There is a different between a digital and analog port. The 3.5 jacks are analog jacks and they can play digital sounds but it’s processed through the sound card, phone, etc. Digital on the other hands does it by itself. Does it mean analog is not good and digital is better, not really, but clarity is usually better with digital cables.

      • Shinonuke

        At the user end, it doesn’t not matter whether the sound board or the process occurs near the headphone. Either way, the sound board will deliver and the user wouldn’t know the difference. Regarding sound quality, the lightning cable are able to deliver more data; therefore, can have potential of delivering more sounds. I will bummed out about not being able to use my beats solo but I don’t mind upgrading either. Now Apple needs to figure out how to have the wired headphone and charging occurring at the same time without the need for a splitter/adapter. Maybe a Lightning cable with a built in, cool design, with an addition lightning port? Idk

      • Rowan09

        I believe they’ll use wireless charging to solve this problem.

  • Elias Chao

    If the rumours of Apple releasing *real* wireless charging for the 2017 iPhone are true, maybe this will be the one without the headphone jack.

    People wouldn’t complain that they wouldn’t be able to charge their phones and listen to music at the same time.

  • :D

    Imagine a new and smaller digital port instead of having to use the lightning port or an old 3.5 mm jack
    That would be pretty cool
    Headphones would have to change too but maybe it’s for the best

  • Jamessmooth

    I don’t get why this upsets so many people. The possibilities are so exciting. What if apple includes the smart connector on the back, so you can charge your phone while listening to music via the lightning port? OR maybe the iPhone “Pro” will come with bluetooth earpods? (i don’t use the earpods but I know many that do)

  • Rook HD

    good thing. I really don’t want the iphone 7 look like that leaked image that looks similar to the iphone 6/6s. It needs design change. Apparently Apple has several designs. Their recent disappointing sales may force them to have a more innovated version.

    • Shinonuke

      If you put a non transparent case on your iPhone then there isn’t much of a change between the iPhones. The only design change from the iPhone line is the side and backplate. Size is the only thing that differentiates between the generations. If you use the iPhone without a case the. I would understand your reasoning.

  • blastingbigairs

    Nice!!!!

  • Shaun Firth

    First they need to develop the headphones. Bluetooth headphones sound awful. They just don’t have the bandwidth for high quality audio. They’re ok for mid level MP3’s, but for those of us who listen to FLAC and who plug our iPhones into GOOD speakers at our desks or in our bedrooms, wireless is just not going to cut it…YET. So, show me wireless technology that will support full range 20Hz to 20Khz without masking etc., then we can talk about getting rid of the headphone jack. Don’t get me wrong, I’m ok with replacing outdated technology. I’m not willing to listen to crappy audio for 2 or 3 years while 3rd party manufacturers develop the replacement products. I already have great sounding headphones and speakers. And they still depend on that jack.