Fewer topics have generated such an intense response as the rumor that Apple plans to kill the ancient headphone jack that lives inside every smartphone, tablet, and PC. Granted, the headphone jack is the widest component in many thin smartphones, and it’s a relic from the last century, but why would Apple do that? And what would replace it?
Progress. And something we haven’t thought of yet.
Madhumita Murgia explains the issue:
The headphone jack is the widest external port in the iPhone, and it can’t get any thinner than it currently is. So Apple may get rid of it completely to shave off another 1 mm from its current iPhone model.
Headphones will have to connect to your phone either via Bluetooth, or through a Lightning connector – the connection port it introduced into the iPhone 5 in 2012. The report claims that Apple will sell Lightning-compatible Ear Pods together with the iPhone 7 when it comes out in mid-late 2016.
Other options for an iPhone to send sound, receive sound, and connect to certain devices, vs. the headphone jack, are limited to, 1) wireless (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi) which has issues, and, 2) Lightning, which is nominally thinner than the headphone jack but offers more capabilities.
What, if anything, does Apple have in mind? When will iPads and iPhones switch to USB-C?