Photos appeared online today of one of the biggest new features of the forthcoming iPhone 7: a headphone adapter. That’s because the next iPhone is expected to ditch the ubiquitous 3.5mm headphone jack to save space, pushing headphone users to switch to Bluetooth or Lightning alternatives.
Eagle-eyed users spotted a new unmentioned feature in the latest iOS 10 beta: your iPhone will now warn you if it detects moisture in the Lightning port, allowing you to pull out in time to potentially save your phone from damage. The story, reported by Engadget, states that the feature only works with recent iPhone models: the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus and SE.
As we’ve reported several times before, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are expected to ditch the 3.5mm port, making analogue headphones a thing of the past. In their stead, Apple will focus their attention on wired headphones using the Lightning connector and wireless Bluetooth headphones. Apple’s EarPods have used the 3.5mm in the past, so two options are a possibility: we’ll see an 3.5mm to Lightning adapter bundled with the new iPhones and the existing EarPods, or we’ll see new EarPods with an integrated Lightning connector. A new leak suggests that it’s going to be the latter.
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The iPhone 7 will probably drop the 3.5mm port that’s ubiquitous amongst audio-capable devices, in favour of Lightning (and Bluetooth) headphones. That standard lasted 32 years on Apple devices, but now it looks like Apple are pulling the plug (pun intended).