Samsung already mocking smartphones with no audio jack
It didn't take long for Samsung to begin bad-mouthing the competition. Senior Vice President of Samsung Electronics of America Justin Denison was onstage to officially unveil the Galaxy Note 7 and he couldn't help but to explicitly mention that the phablet would include a standard 3.5 mm audio jack. The audience gave an audible chuckle as Denison was clearly implying that some recent and upcoming competitors like the Moto Z and iPhone 7 do not or will not carry the port. He didn't mention them by name, of course, but the message was quite clear nonetheless.
Speculation about the iPhone 6S successor has been leaning towards a model with no conventional 3.5 mm audio jack. Instead, Apple will launch a new series of Beats earphones with a Lightning connector alongside the reveal of the iPhone 7. An alleged production model was recently leaked showing that the earphones would not be compatible with Apple tablets and smartphones running anything lower than iOS 10.
Dropping the audio jack would supposedly bring thinner and lighter designs. The Moto Z, for example, is one of the thinnest consumer smartphones available at just 5.2 mm thick.