Apple has plans of removing the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone of next generation in favor of all-in-one Lightning connector, as per a reliable source from a Japanese website. Lightning equipped Earpods would also be released by Apple for supporting the new audio output on iOS devices in future. Reliable sources were cited by the report and claims were made that this new connector would be supportive of Bluetooth and Lightning equipped headphones and would have a digital-to-audio converter for backwards compatibility with wired headphones with standard 3.5 stereo jacks. This will eventually also require a 3.5 mm lightning adapter.
This so-called iPhone 7 would be 1mm thinner as compared to iPhone 6S which had a thickness of 7.1 mm, as per the report. This iPod touch can be a comparable device and would be 6.1 mm deep. However, the portable media player still has a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Lightning-equipped EarPods too would be released by Apple, which would be included in the box along with the iPhone 7 and would be separately sold for using along with the other devices of iOS. The current EarPods of Apple with a 3.5 mm stereo jack can be availed for purchase in the future.
The new MFI program specifications were introduced by Apple in the month of June 2014 through which headphones can be created by 3rd party manufacturers which connected via a Lightning cable to iOS devices. However, the rollout has been quite slow. Since past 14 months, the Fidelio NC1L and Fidelio M2L have also been unveiled by Philips. If this rumor proves to be true, the decision of Apple for switching to all-in-one Lightning connector to charge and audio output might face the same controversy as the proprietary would be retired by the company in favor of smaller lightning connector that starts in 2012 with iPhone 5.
Source – Mac Otakara , Via – MacRumors