It’s Official: No Headphone Jacks in New iPhones.
Apple has announced two new iPhones. iPhone 7 features a 4.7-inch display, whereas iPhone 7 Plus features a 5.5-inch display and comes with two 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras.
The most notable feature of the iPhone 7 family is the absence of a 3.5mm headphone jack. The only port on iPhone 7 is Apple’s proprietary Lightning port. Apple is bundling a Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone jack adapter with each device so users can still use their existing headphones.
Users will not be able to use the wired headphone and charge the phone at the same time because the device only has a single Lightning port. That could be challenging to a lot of enterprise users who need to plug their phones into power outlets while making long phone calls.
Third-party vendors like Belkin are coming out with solutions like Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar, an adapter that comes with two Lightning ports so users can charge their phone while using wired headphones.
By killing the 3.5mm jack, Apple is moving to new wireless technologies for headphones. Although you can still use good old Bluetooth to pair wireless headphones, Apple has introduced AirPods, their new wireless headphones that use proprietary wireless technology to pair with iOS devices automatically. These AirPods are extremely smart and detect whether or not you are wearing them. Music will pause when you take them off and start again when you put them on. They also switch from stereo to mono when you take off one AirPod. AirPod’s built-in microphone allows you to interact with Siri with a tap, without having to take your iPhone out of your pocket.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in stores on September 16, 2016.