Among the many features being discussed about the Apple iPhone 7, one that has stirred up discussions is the headphone jack. Numerous reports have claimed that Apple could be ditching the 3.5mm audio jack in favor of Lightning Port compatible headphones. But if a new set of leaked images are to be believed, the headphone jack is not going anywhere, at least for the time being. Also Read - Apple Music Lossless, Spatial Audio features with Dolby Atmos coming soon to IndiaAlso Read - Apple sells more iPads in early 2021 than ever, grows along with Samsung
French website NoWhereElse has shared a photo that is apparently the Lightning Cable assembly for the Apple iPhone 7. A side-by-side comparison shows that the assembly on the upcoming iPhone is quite different from what we see on the iPhone 6s. But take a look at the left-most section and the one part that is clearly visible, despite numerous rumors, is the 3.5mm audio jack. Also Read - Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels go live in 170 countries starting today
It is difficult to comment on the authenticity of this image, which the publication sourced from a Weibo account. It could very well be a counterfeit product image. This also contradicts recent reports claiming that Apple is ditching the audio jack to make the iPhone 7 very thin, and could replace it with an extra speaker instead. Another report also claims that Apple is developing a pair of EarPods that will connect with the Lightning Port.
Another probable scenario could be that the iPhone 7 retains the audio jack. But the iPhone 7 Plus, which is also expected to boast dual-camera setup, could ditch it. These are however all mere speculations and should be taken with the proverbial pinch of salt.
In the meantime though, one company has leapfrogged Apple to ditch the audio jack — LeEco. The Chinese company’s recent launches — Le 2, Le 2 Pro and Le Max 2 — don’t have an audio jack, and instead are bundled with headphones that connect to the USB Type-C port.