According to Japanese blog Macotakara, Apple has decided to abandon the standard 3.5 mm audio connector in the upcoming iPhone 7. This will allow “more than 1 mm” to reduce the thickness of the device compared to the current flagship.
The first iPhone, released in 2007, had a thickness of 11.6 mm. iPhone 3 and 3G were slightly overall (12.3 mm), but already the next generation iPhone 4/4s was much thinner – 9.3 mm. Released in 2012, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s became even smaller, their specifications indicate a thickness of 7.6 mm of last year Smartphones iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus show record for the “Apple” of phones a thickness of 6.9 and 7.1 mm, respectively. Waist latest flagships because of the 3D Touch display was slightly more at 7.1 and 7.3 mm, respectively.
Apple has decided to abandon audioconnection to make the iPhone “the thinnest in the history of smartphones,” points out the source. But if the company will go to this step, with new devices, you cannot use most modern headphones — they are designed for 3.5 mm.
How to listen to music? It is obvious that with the release of the iPhone without audiogate will increase dramatically the sales of Bluetooth headsets. In this case, Apple is ready to abandon the 3.5 mm connector. Specifications digital proprietary interface of the company permit the use of headphones and headsets with Lightning-connector.
Lightning interface is able to provide better sound transmission and also to give the device power from the battery of the smartphone, so that their producers can not spend money on built-in batteries (some headphones, such as systems active noise cancellation, require additional power). Possible reverse option, when the headphones can play a supporting role of powerbank (portable charging) and feed iPhone from its battery while its owner enjoys the music. In any case, the new iPhone 7 will be equipped with staff EarPods with support for Lightning, so the problems with listening to music will not arise.
The usual audio connector is designed to make the iPhone 7 thinner. However, thinner module, and when using the 3.5 mm port. For example, the Chinese Vivo managed to release a smartphone X5 Max thickness of 4.75 mm, while maintaining audiojack and slot microSD cards. However, given the fact that Apple devices are becoming thinner and a waiver of the 3.5 mm connector looks almost inevitable.