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  • Will Apple Ditch the 3.5mm Headphone Jack in the Next iPhone?


    Apple has always expressed interest in harnessing the power of its own Lightning connector, which the company designed with the iPhone 5 and later to replace the 30-pin connector, but it's good for so much more than just syncing devices and charging them. It's also capable of digital video out and digital sound out, among other things.

    Apple may be interested in taking advantage of this in future iPhones, by completely removing the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of using the lone Lightning connector as a sound-out port so that the iPhone can continually shrink even thinner, as Japanese Web site Macotakara reports.

    If Apple went along with this move, it would seriously limit the amount or third-party headphone accessories that users could use with their iPhones, which seems like a step in the wrong direction for a company with such a huge footprint in the music industry; on the other hand, such a change would almost more than likely guarantee some kind of Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter so that other headphones could still be used.

    Bluetooth wireless headphones would reportedly still work as expected, since they don't use the 3.5mm headphone jack.

    The move would actually appear very similar to that of the choice to go with USB-C on the new MacBook Ė with just one port, one could not charge their device and use accessories at the same time without some kind of adapter. On the other hand, it would give the company more control over what headphones could be used, which may be beneficial if the company were to migrate its acquired Beats headphones industry to Lightning, as it would increase sales in that department from those looking for quality sound that still takes advantage of the proprietary connector.

    Source: Macotakara via Google Translate
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Will Apple Ditch the 3.5mm Headphone Jack in the Next iPhone? started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      Surprised it's not happened before now! To be honest!
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      I sure hope not! Forcing people to ditch their collections of expensive headphones? Excluding the ability to charge and listen to music at the same time? An all around bad decision if you ask me.
    1. Bo Troxell's Avatar
      Bo Troxell -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      I sure hope not! Forcing people to ditch their collections of expensive headphones? Excluding the ability to charge and listen to music at the same time? An all around bad decision if you ask me.
      Ditto daddy0
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      I sure hope not! Forcing people to ditch their collections of expensive headphones? Excluding the ability to charge and listen to music at the same time? An all around bad decision if you ask me.
      I can agree but Apple wouldn't do anything unless it serves some logic. So other than maybe minimalism what benefits would ditching the 3.5mm jack?
    1. toyhaulerobs's Avatar
      toyhaulerobs -
      May have an input to be able to charge while listening as well. Male end with a female end.
    1. Firestarter99999's Avatar
      Firestarter99999 -
      I guess it's Bluetooth headphones then!
    1. bigbaba's Avatar
      bigbaba -
      Doesn't the thinner phone bend?
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      I sure hope not! Forcing people to ditch their collections of expensive headphones? Excluding the ability to charge and listen to music at the same time? An all around bad decision if you ask me.
      Really!!! You don't want to buy a measly $39.99 lightning to 3.5 adaptor?

      /sarcasm.
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      I can agree but Apple wouldn't do anything unless it serves some logic. So other than maybe minimalism what benefits would ditching the 3.5mm jack?
      Thatís easy. Exact same reason for lightning vs micro usb. By having a proprietary connection they can force people to pay a licensing fee in order to make accessories. If every pair of headphones that works on an iPhone has to be approved by apple, they make $$ on every one sold.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      Thatís easy. Exact same reason for lightning vs micro usb. By having a proprietary connection they can force people to pay a licensing fee in order to make accessories. If every pair of headphones that works on an iPhone has to be approved by apple, they make $$ on every one sold.
      Thinking outside the box.
    1. Purple Minion's Avatar
      Purple Minion -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Really!!! You don't want to buy a measly $39.99 lightning to 3.5 adaptor?

      /sarcasm.
      I think Apple makes some very nice stuff, but they are about the greediest f***ing company on the planet.
    1. xboxbml's Avatar
      xboxbml -
      Plus that's less material in manufacturing process and suppliers...not that it's a huge price tag per unit, but it does add up considering the number sold..I personally hope they don't do that either...charge n listen at same time is a current need for me. I don't have car radio head with Bluetooth yet..regular aux input jack..
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Anthony, really? Using "Beats" and "quality sound" in the same sentence?! Tsk, tsk.
    1. magusxxx's Avatar
      magusxxx -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      I sure hope not!...Excluding the ability to charge and listen to music at the same time? An all around bad decision if you ask me.
      Unless that model of iPhone only recharges with an Apple exclusive induction pad. Which, of course, will raise the initial price $100.
    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      The problems I have now with apple certified lightening I do not want with headphones, can you imagine 200 dollar Bose lightening certified head phones all of a sudden "this accessory is not supported" a nightmare!
    1. 8lias's Avatar
      8lias -
      In my car, music sounds better via lightning connector, better than Aux and Bluetooth. If it sounds better on the headphones via the lightning connect, I am willing to adjust.
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      Quote Originally Posted by 8lias View Post
      In my car, music sounds better via lightning connector, better than Aux and Bluetooth. If it sounds better on the headphones via the lightning connect, I am willing to adjust.
      I'd agree my only concern is like others! How to listen and charge so hopefully might be two sockets or an adaptor
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Bad for us. Good for them, their pockets anyway. I'll be pretty mad if they do it. Another stupid converter I'd be forced to buy.
    1. Purple Minion's Avatar
      Purple Minion -
      Why only replace it with a lightning connector? Instead, replace it with a USB-C so EVERYONE will be forced to buy a new adapter.
    1. Anon9mouz's Avatar
      Anon9mouz -
      That or we can always go back to android lol