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Possible iPhone 7 Headphone Jack Depicted in New Image

Amid rumors suggesting Apple is set to ditch the headphone jack in the iPhone 7, an image depicting a spare part that could be used in the device has surfaced – headphone jack included.

This morning, French site Nowhereelse.fr shared an image of a Lightning cable assembly, apparently destined for the iPhone 7, which differs in design from the same part found in the current iPhone 6s.

The assembly part is host to a number of components, including cellular antenna cables and the obligatory Lightning port, but the new design clearly shows a separate white headphone jack on the far left-hand side.

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Left: purported iPhone 7 part (Image: Weibo); Right: iPhone 6s part (Image: iFixit)

The image was submitted anonymously via a Weibo account, therefore its validity cannot be confirmed. As Nowhereelse.fr notes, it could just as easily depict a part destined for a Chinese counterfeit manufacturer, rather than coming from Apple's official supply chain. Nevertheless, the part should provide some relief for those hoping that Apple's next generation of iPhone does not adopt a one-size-fits-all Lightning solution, which would also make it the sole means of connecting headphones and other audio accessories.

Recent rumors have suggested Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 will feature a thinner body with no headphone jack, with Apple instead planning to rely on the Lightning port and Bluetooth as ways to connect headphones to the device. Apple is also rumored to be working on Lightning-equipped EarPods to sell alongside the iPhone 7, while a more contentious rumor claims Apple may be planning to replace the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 with a second speaker for stereo audio.

Indeed, it remains to be seen if a Lightning-based audio solution would be restricted to Apple's larger iPhone 7 Plus handset, which could mean the leaked image is genuine without necessarily vouchsafing the inclusion of a headphone jack across Apple's upcoming line-up of iPhone devices.

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24 months ago
Samsung Team: Hold on guys... there is headphone jack!
Rating: 42 Votes
24 months ago
Literally 0% of me cares if I have to use a lightning port adapter or not. In this world, there are far more important things to get worked up about.
Rating: 35 Votes
24 months ago
Very smart. Don't ditch it.

Until Bluetooth audio is technically as capable as a cable (not the 128k data it is now), don't switch to an inferior process. That's just a really bad idea.
Rating: 33 Votes
24 months ago
Given the current drop in sales, ditching the headphone jack would be a risky move. Especially if the rumours are true and the 6 design remains .
Rating: 30 Votes
24 months ago
Removing it for sake of thinness was never a legit reason, considering the Nanos are as thin as the headphone jack...
Rating: 22 Votes
24 months ago
Tim - "Johnny put the head phone jack in! We are already having sinking iPhone sales! Lets not kill the iPhone all together!"
Rating: 22 Votes
24 months ago
I mean yeah, that make sense.

The 3.5mm audio jack is still the most widely used audio interface in the world. And while Apple is all for setting (or adopting) new standards *cough* USB-C *cough* this would most likely just alienate too many people.
Rating: 19 Votes
24 months ago
Looks like I'll be waiting for the iPhone 8 so I can finally ditch my headphone jacks. :rolleyes:
Rating: 16 Votes
24 months ago
I might be in the minority here, but we've been using this analog technology for decades now and I honestly wouldn't mind the push forward in technology, even if the 3.5mm standard is so widespread. Apple seems like the only behemoth that could pull this off. People went crazy when they ditched CDs/ DVDs, but where are they now?

And I'd really like a pair of wireless AirPods.
Rating: 14 Votes
24 months ago
That would be a shame.. I'd like to have no headphone jack on the iPhone 7. But we'll see eventually.
Rating: 13 Votes

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