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Latest leak claims Apple will drop the common audio jack on the iPhone 7

Latest leak claims Apple will drop the common audio jack on the iPhone 7
Latest leak claims Apple will drop the common audio jack on the iPhone 7
A picture of Lightning-only earbuds is another hint that Apple may be moving away from the universal 3.5 mm audio port found on nearly every consumer smartphone.

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The rumor mill can't seem to agree on whether or not the next iPhone will include a 3.5 mm audio jack. Now, a new leak is saying that the common audio port will be dropped in favor of a Lightning port and has revealed Lightning-only earbuds as proof.

The earbuds themselves look mundane, but it certainly adds fuel to the fire about the removal of the common audio jack on the next iPhone. Lenovo's flagship Moto Z series has already taken the step forward (or backward depending on your perspective) as its thin design does not allow for an audio jack, so the iPhone 7 certainly wouldn't be the first smartphone from a major manufacturer to ship without the option. If so, the single Lightning port would be used for everything from charging to data transfers to audio.

Apple's Lightning port, however, would introduce a new set of problems as well. More Android devices like the Moto Z are increasingly turning towards USB Type-C where an audio standard is currently in development. Apple headsets may thus be incompatible with Android devices without an adapter and vice versa should Apple continue to rely on its separate Lightning standard. This speculation assumes that the image of the Lightning-only earbuds is real and not a fan creation.

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Benjamin Herzig/ Allen Ngo, 2016-07-19 (Update: 2017-09-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.