Rumors on Apple’s upcoming smartphones, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, are growing more frequent as we approach their expected launch date in September. Multiple reports indicate that the handsets would ditch the 3.5mm audio jack, but feature a jack to lightning converter.
According to MacRumors, the company will release the new models with the standard EarPods that have a 3.5mm pin. They will also be accompanied by a 3.5mm jack to lightning adapter, which will connect the earphones to the handset.
This confirms earlier rumors of the audio jack being axed. At the same time however, the report contradicts a totally different aspect. Initially it was speculated that along with the phones, either a truly wireless pair of earphones, like Dash by Bragi or a Lightning pin would be shipped. And there was no mention of a converter.
MacRumors also confirms an earlier rumor regarding storage and speaker holes. A 256GB variant for the iPhones will be available. Speakers will be installed on both sides of the Lighting port replacing the audio jack.
The source of the news report is Computex Taipei 2016. MacRumors advises us to be wary when it comes to the publication so it’s wise to take the information with a grain of salt. Despite the unreliability, we think the introduction of a 3.5 mm pin to Lightning converter does make sense.
Firstly, there are times when we want to connect our smartphones to many audio devices, not just the earphones. Most of these devices have the 3.5mm standard pin only. Now if the company ditches the audio jack and launches a wireless pair of earphones or an earphone with a lightning pin, the users will have to run around to find a 3.5 mm to lightning converter if they want to connect their handsets to devices other than their headphone i.e. like the aux in their cars.
However, if the converter is packed inside the box it will eventually lead to enhanced consumer satisfaction; as the users will be able to connect their iPhone 7 to any audio device, without any hassle via the adapter. Not just this, the users will not have to discard their old accessories.
Secondly, although a truly wireless pair of earphones packed with the new devices will be an enticing feature for users, it will add to the cost. This means retail prices will become unusually high. A competitive pair of wireless earphones currently sells between $200-300. Even if half of this amount is added to the handset, the new iPhone will end up expensive than most of its competitors.
Apple’s release of wireless earphones might hold some weight, since rivals like Motorala and Samsung have come up with their versions of the peripherals. It is possible thought it will not be shipped with the phones but sold and promoted separately. This could help in raking additional money while starting a new product lineup.
By the time the company showcases the new iPhone without an audio jack it won’t be anything new, as plenty of devices are available in the market. These include LeEco’s latest devices and Lenovo’s new Motorola handsets, the Moto Z and Z Force.
This should not deter Apple however, as getting rid of the jack would cut some thickness and make the build more attractive. The new handsets will most likely be waterproof. This means if there is no audio jack, the company will have one less port to worry about when it comes to submerging the phone.
Tech News Today is of the opinion that discarding the jack is not a good idea. The reason is simple: if there is one port for both headphones/audio and charging, users will have an almost impossible time charging their device while simultaneously listening to audio.