Rumor Could Apple be Planning to Remove the 3.5mm Headphone Jack?

Would you take a thinner phone over a standard 3.5mm headphone jack? Learn about why Apple might want to do this and about the negatives of doing...
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    We are all familiar with the iPhone, which means we are all also probably familiar with the gigantic company behind it all, Apple. Let me just state that Apple is known to push the boundaries, in terms of what is normal and what isn't. We have seen them reinvent different standards throughout the entire technology market time and time again. What they are seemingly wanting to do now, however, looks as if this is going to be the last straw. Before going on, think to yourself, would you rather see a thinner iPhone, or would you rather not have the 3.5mm headphone jack removed from the iPhone?

    Jumping right in, a report was recently published on, a Japanese blogging website and the report claimed that Apple will be getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack in their next version of the iPhone, and instead, they would adopt a new standard by using the already available Lightning port to connect headphones through. Now assuming all of this is true, why would Apple want to do this?

    Now think back to that question I asked you earlier, as it of relevance here. The biggest thing that Apple could possibly achieve from doing this is making the iPhone thinner than it already is. Now why would anybody want it thinner than it already is? I really cannot say other than maybe aesthetic purposes. A thinner device also usually means a weaker phone, which can never be a good thing. It is worth noting that Apple did patent a different, smaller headphone jack a few months back but Apple is notorious for patenting and forgetting.

    Let's turn our attention back to the Lightning port. I and many others have simply been drawn to the basic Apple Earpods and much like everyone else, I usually use them as my daily drivers for when I am on the go. If this were to go through then compatibility would be a huge issue as there would be two different connector types. The same goes for the other way around. I know a few people who prefer their own higher end headphones over the Apple ones, so they opt in to use those instead. Unless some sort of adapter is released, most likely for an additional price, it looks as if you will have to say goodbye to your audiophile grade headphones as they won't be compatible.

    Other Lightning port issues could also arise, such as using multiple accessories at once or charging your phone while listening to music. For now, all we can do is hope that Apple doesn't actually decide to reinvent the standard for headphones in favor of a thinner iPhone because I am sure all of us can live without it. What do you think? Would you go for a thinner iPhone over a 3.5mm jack? Leave your thoughts below!


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  1. Reedradar
    Switched to android a long time ago for the reason of how small the iphones were and the UI was not what i wanted. I wanted my phone to be customize able beyond the wallpaper without a jailbreak.
  2. 3xTiNcT
    I can see them doing this but I'd prefer them to keep the 3.5 mm jack.
  3. XeXLosSantos
    Opens the doors for 3rd party companies to create converters so you can use 3.5mm headphones again...
  4. oblivioncth
    At this point thinner would just make the phone more likely to break and then they just benefit from you having to by their earphones, which, compared to high end earphones from notable companies are garbage. Not that I use apple products in the first place, but people that do use them and own a nice pair of headphones/earphones would be screwed. Their earbuds are probably one of the nicest sets of earbuds out there, but earbuds themselves are the lowest on the quality chain.

    Its just another day of Apples conform or die.
  5. Blizzard7
    I would love to see the day apple's next phone is the same thickness as last year's. The battery life would be glorious, I could listen to proprietary headphones for days! :smile:
  6. XeXLosSantos
    Apple would do this so that people HAVE to buy THEIR headphones.
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  7. Nick2014
    If Apple does this I'll guarantee people will be over it within a month or. With the amount of isheep (no offense) they'd probably buy it in a heart beat. And you know what, samsung will probably be the first to copy them if it sells.
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  8. K _
    What on earth??? I mean Apple if you want every headphone company to change their jack, then go crazy. I wouldn't be surprised if made their own headphones and that ONLY fit their jack. :mad:
  9. N0VA
    I would be very disappointed with this decision. Apple could easily lose customers on this. One alternative I see happening is they create a new kind of headphone jack and basically invent all new headphones specifically for Iphone 7's jack port.
  10. Luca24hr
    If anything i want a thicker IPhone!
    1. ProJimmyRustler
      I agree with this. If they kept the device at a moderate thickness, verses razor thin, the device would be able to store a larger battery.
    2. Luca24hr
      and also have have a better camera
    3. Salus
      Or at least fit the camera in the phone^ lol