Apple reportedly planning to remove 3.5mm port in ‘iPhone 7’

Apple’s next iPhone will be so thin that the company has decided to ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone port for the first time since the iPhone’s 2007 inception, a reasonably accurate Japaese blog, Macotakara, reported Friday.

Based on news from Macotakara, citing information gathered from a “reliable source,” Apple is gearing up to make a big change to the next iPhone. In an effort to make the next iPhone even thinner, Apple is reportedly going to remove the 3.5mm audio port on the handset, and instead switch to headphones that have a Lightning cable instead. Doing this, the report states, will get the next iPhone a “more than 1mm” reduction in size when compared to the already thin iPhone 6s.

It’s worth noting here that the iPod touch is already 1mm thinner than the iPhone 6s, and it still uses a 3.5mm port.

Apple might release a 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter to help users connect their existing headphones to the next iPhone, but this won’t provide the same benefits in terms of audio clarity as an all-digital solution, without any conversion, enabled by Lightning.

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