Alleged iPhone 7 Component Suggests 3.5mm Headphone Jack Will Return

An image of a purported component for Apple’s unannounced next-generation iPhone has leaked out yesterday courtesy of French blog NowhereElse.fr and—surprise, surprise—it depicts a 3.5mm headphone jack. Remember, the rumor-mill has been cognizant for months that the century-old analog audio jack will be removed from an ‘iPhone 7’ in favor of Lightning-powered or wireless headphones.

The image appears to show a Lightning cable assembly, supposedly for an iPhone device, and it looks a tad different compared to the same part found in the current-generation iPhone 6s.

The purported iPhone 7 component pictured above appears to confirm that the device will indeed carry a headphone jack on its bottom edge just like its predecessors. The jack can be seen at the very top of the image, while the central piece is the Lightning port.

Before you read too much into this, it should be noted that we cannot confirm this is indeed an iPhone 7 component. It certainly looks like an iPhone component — we’ve seen similar in previous iPhones — we can’t be sure it’s for the iPhone 7, and not a previous model.

Almost all of the rumors we’ve seen so far say Apple will drop the jack this year, so it might be a good idea to prepare for that anyway. And if it doesn’t happen, at least you won’t have to replace all your headphones just yet.

Will Apple ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack in the next iPhone or not?

Tell us what you think down in the comment section.

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