Though iPhones are usually released around September, the Apple rumor mill is already in full swing this January with supposedly leaked details about the iPhone 7. After the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus sold a historical 13 million in their first week of release, Apple has to step up their game to continue slaying the market. So what’s going to make you upgrade to the iPhone 7? Apparently, the phone’s lack of a headphone jack. Fast Company magazine spoke with a source with knowledge of Apple’s plans and revealed that the company wants to eliminate the iPhone’s headphone jack. Why? To make the device thinner.
Fast Company reports,
Some media reports have suggested that Apple will include a set of Lightning-connected EarPod earphones in the box with the iPhone 7. It’s most likely, our source says, that Apple will sell a more expensive pair of noise-canceling, Lightning-connected, earphones or headphones separately-possibly under its Beats brand. Still other media reports say that Apple may include with the iPhone 7 an adapter that will allow users to plug regular 3.5mm analog headphones into the new phone.
So, basically, using headphones with the iPhone 7 will required the headphones to be lightning-connected, aka able to plug into the phone where you plug in your charger. We don’t yet know whether new compatible headphones will be included with phone purchase. So you may be paying for fancy new headphones, or at the very least, for some sort of adapter to use your old ones. But, some good news for you. According to Mashable, getting rid of the headphone jack and making the device thinner will ultimately clear up more space for the phone’s battery itself. And, Apple is supposedly working on wireless charging and waterproofing for the iPhone 7. Those things alone may be worth the upgrade. We likely have months before the iPhone 7 is actually released, so stay tuned for more rumors and details about the phone. Start saving your pennies, Apple army.