[/blockquote] The 3.5mm headphone jack is dead, and Apple is killing it. If the report from Japanese blog Macotakara is to be believed, Apple is planning on removing the 3.5mm headphone jack in the iPhone 7 next year. This is not the first time we’ve heard such rumors, the same was said about the iPhone 6 before its release in 2013. Phone makers have somehow had it in their minds that we need thinner phones, so Apple is reportedly planning on shipping EarPods that connect through the Lighting port with the next iPhone in order to remove the thicker 3.5mm headphone jack. Since Apple always leads mobile phone design trends, one would wonder whether the 3.5mm headphone jack will be a non-standard soon.
Just as a brief history, modern phone connectors are available in three standard sizes. In 1878, the original 1⁄4 in (6.35 mm) version was invented, when it was used for manual telephone exchanges, making it possibly the oldest electrical connector standard still in use. The 3.5 mm or miniature and 2.5 mm or sub-miniature sizes were originally designed as two-conductor connectors for earpieces on transistor radios. Every two years, Apple is obsessed with making the iPhone thinner. There are a gazillion reasons to keep the 3.5mm headphone jack intact, and making thinner iPhone, which absolutely no one is clamoring for seems to be Apple’s goal.
3.5mm headphone jack is out of date
The death of the 3.5mm headphone jack will give way to wireless Bluetooth audio headphones and for a wired option, the USB charging or lightening port would suffice. But, this would mean you cannot charge your phone and listen to music at the same time unless you buy an adapter. To address this issue with its own headphones, Apple will reportedly include new Lightning EarPods with the new iPhone. Even with the possibility of a slightly thinner iPhone, the benefits don’t seem to outweigh the (literal) costs.
It is true that the 3.5mm headphone jack is out of date and needs to be replaced, but replacing it with Apple’s own lightening port is not good as the industry standard. Right now the current options for replacing that standard are proprietary, and would only segregate users between platforms. The beauty of the 3.5mm headphone jack is that you can take a pair of Samsung or Apple headphones and plug them into just about every computer or stereo in the world. If Apple ships Lightning headphones and Android devices — which are quickly moving toward USB Type-C as the standard charging port — start shipping with USB headphones, interchangeability between devices would quickly fall to the wayside. So is the 3.5mm headphone jack is dead? We think that it’s not yet dead, until actual adoption of Apple’s reported lightening port audio standard shows promise among its fans.