All sorts of brouhaha have been raised on social media after reports emerged that Apple could ditch the standard 3.5mm audio socket and just have the Lightning connector that would be used both for charging the iPhone as well as plugging headsets. There have been a number of speculations as to why Apple could ditch a century-old standard that range from making the iPhone slimmer to making it waterproof. While we can only wait for Apple to reveal the new tech for audio, Matt Galligan, CEO and co-founder of Circa has floated an interesting theory behind Apple’s controversial move. Also Read - iPhone SE 3 likely to bring some interesting specs at a budget, release timeline outAlso Read - Apple AR/VR headset mass production may be delayed until end of 2022 : Report
Galligan points out Apple s recent patent that hints at Touch ID integration in the future iPhone displays. With the display transformed into fingerprint-sensing display, Apple will look for more internal space to fit the additional hardware that’s required. Also Read - Apple Watch Series 7 first look: Classy with lots of health features
It s all about internal space. Think about it that jack at the end of your headphones has to go somewhere in the phone. Grab a pair of headphones, then act like you re going connect them to your iPhone, but instead lay them on top of the phone instead where they d otherwise go. See how close it comes to the screen? he writes.
So how the future iPhones will look like? According to Galligan, the home button will look like a pill-shaped buttons on the sides of the phone, or Apple may do away with the button altogether. Considering that the 3D Touch already lets you do multitasking and other tasks, dependence on the home button is likely to reduce or be eliminated. Perhaps, future iPhones may not have physical buttons altogether.
Will these innovations come in the iPhone 7? Highly unlikely. Apple may bring these changes after a couple of years. Galligan acknowledges he has no source or any inside information about these changes, but predicts Apple will be taking such major decision only if it has something big on the way.
This theory comes shortly after another Apple patent was discovered online, in which Apple is looking to build slimmer devices with built-in high quality and high volume audio speakers. In the patent description, Apple also explains why it has been looking for new innovations in the audio department.
Given the area constraints imposed on many portable electronic devices, it is increasingly difficult to provide high-quality audio sound output and pickup without hindering the ability to make portable electronic devices smaller and thinner. Consequently, there is a need for improved approaches to provide high-quality audio sound output and/or pickup from portable electronic devices as they get smaller and thinner, Apple notes in the patent.