Thinner iPhone 7 to Ditch the 3.5mm Headphone Jack and Bring Wireless Charging

Rafia Shaikh

Latest rumor suggests that Apple's iPhone 7 may ditch the universally standard 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of the Lightning port while affirming earlier speculations of a thinner waterproof body.

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Thinner iPhone 7 to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack:

According to a new report, Apple is working on a thinner waterproof body for iPhone 7 with no headphone jack. Apple is reportedly working with Cirrus Logic to design the audio chipset in the iPhone to work with the Lightning port which will be used to transmit sound to wired headphones. Used for charging, this will make the port even more capable than what it currently is. The report further says that the audio chip used in Apple's next flagship will utilize noise-cancelling technology from Wolfson Microelectronics to remove background noise.

The source suggests that Apple is also working on noise-cancelling headphones which will not be part of the box. Instead, iPhone 7 owners will have to buy these separately from Apple, suggesting that Apple is working on new Lightning connected earpods, possibly branded under Beats, that might be released alongside iPhone 7.

Numerous third-party headphone makers will use the technology in their own Lightning-compatible headphones, our source says, and they'll have to buy a license to use the audio processing technology.

Coming to confirm several previous rumors on the similar lines, the Fast Company citing a source with "knowledge of the company's plans" reports that iPhone 7 will be thinner than the iPhone 6s and "very likely" will be made waterproof. Earlier rumors had suggested a waterproof, non-aluminum iPhone 7 body with an antenna concealing design.

Apart from these, the report also claims that wireless charging might make its debut on the iPhone 7. Apple has been exploring the technology for a long time now, but according to the report, it didn't work out in the previous two editions of the iPhone. While iPhone 7 may bring the wireless charging on board, it's not known if Apple is working on some proprietary technology or if existing wireless charging devices will work with the upcoming device.

Many users thought that a single port for data and charging is inconvenient and also a security risk when Apple introduced the Lightning port with 12-inch MacBook earlier last year. What do you think of Apple adding a third task to the port?

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