Apple May Replace 3.5mm Headphone Jack on iPhone 7 With All-in-One Lightning Connector

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According to Japanese website Mac Otakara, Apple is planning to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on the next-generation iPhone in favour of an all-in-one Lightning connector. Apple may also release Lightning-equipped EarPods to support the new audio output on future iOS devices.

Citing a reliable source, the report claims the new same-sized Lightning connector will support Lightning-equipped and Bluetooth headphones, and have a digital-to-audio converter (DAC). The DAC will provide backwards compatibility with wired headphones using standard 3.5mm stereo jacks, however, a 3.5mm to Lightning adapter would be required.


The next-generation iPhone, dubbed the β€œiPhone 7,” will likely be more than 1mm thinner than the 7.1mm thick iPhone 6s as a result of the all-in-one Lightning port.

Apple will also reportedly release Lightning-equipped EarPods, which would likely be included in the box alongside the iPhone 7 and sold separately for use with other future iOS devices. Apple’s current EarPods with a 3.5mm stereo jack will presumably remain available for purchase afterwards for the foreseeable future.

Should this rumour prove to be true, Apple’s decision to switch to an all-in-one Lightning connector for charging and audio output could face the same kind of controversy as when the company retired its proprietary 30-pin dock connector.

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  • Kael

    How much is the Lightning to headphone adapter going to be? πŸ™

  • You’re a visionary dude πŸ™‚

  • Dylan

    This is why Android will always be the best. I cant see google making nexus only headphones anytime soon or lg making a unique lg only charger. This just proves that apple is a money hungry corporation and does not care about its users wants and needs.

  • Shameer Mulji

    There’s an adaptor for that.

  • Wall Man

    I just don’t get the desire to combine the standard jack into the lighting connector. The only thing is does is sell more dongles.

    On a production cost side, it would probably be cheaper to incorporate it into the one connector. I’m guessing less material cost x 100 Million units equals lower cost of production and higher gross margins, cause you know iPhone prices are not going down!

    And then there is the possibility of an even thinner iPhone? More than 1mm shrinkage? I’m looking at my newly purchased iPhone 6s+ and it is pretty thin already. Got a small tpu case so the camera bump is flush. So if it goes thinner = larger camera bump?

    Thinner also means smaller battery. Cause now we have a low battery mode so battery life will remain the same. The new A10 will be more powerful but will use less power. Ugh. How about make it bigger and stick in a bigger battery and make it last even longer?

    Well it’s to reduce the cost of materials. 1 mm thinner = less material cost = larger gross margins, cause the selling price won’t drop. x 100 million units.

  • Wall Man

    Yup, and you can spend some more money to buy and ugly adapter to connect your headphones. You know the ones that you have finally settled on after trying so many others.

  • Moe

    probably $39.99 ..

    oops.. sorry that’s USD

    I mean $59.99 for us “?

  • FragilityG4

    Android is the best? That’s why you’re on an iPhone blog?

  • Flash

    I predicted/hoped this awhile back, I hope it’s true as it will bring us closer to complete wireless use. There is no need anymore for the Lightning adapter period. Apple needs to incorporate wireless charging and waterproof then I’ll be happy.

  • And all the teens who charge their iPhones/iPods while listening to music at the same time will cry out.

    I’m curious as to if the Lightning connection for the iPhone will yield a higher sound quality, or perhaps Apple will release their own version digital noise cancelation like Sony does with their Z series phones.

  • ????Dennis

    Good, I’m sick of cleaning out pocket lint from the headphone jack!

  • Anon

    You do realize that wireless charging is extremely slow compared to wired right? There are trade off’s.

  • Steve

    Not good. Anyone who has high end wired headphones (myself included) is not going to like this. What do do they hope to accomplish by removing the tiny 3.5″ jack, other than pissing off a bunch of people?

  • Anon

    Knowing Apple, it’s more like $100 USD or $200 Canadian.

  • Marco

    I am sure they will provide an adapter so you can plug in the high end headphones to the lightening port.

  • Marco


  • MleB1

    Yup. Deja
    vu all over again.

    They’ll create a ‘new’ Lightning connector –
    disabling the old – and then you get to pay a premium for proprietary /
    licensed headphones and speakers. Wanna make a bet that Beats will be
    the first (and initially only) provider of same?

  • Hank

    As already mentioned in the article.

  • Hank

    As mentioned, there’s goin to be an adaptor for that.

  • Hank

    Agree with listening while charging problem. But not only teens doe that. Most of us πŸ™‚

  • Hank

    Way too slow

  • skydivertak

    What about high-end Bluetooth 4.2 headphones that will charge via the lightning port (like the Apple Pencil)?