The next iPhone may drop the standard 3.5mm earphone jack for Lightning-based earphones, according to a new rumor.

The standard 3.5-millimeter earphone jack is all over the place—from PCs to cell phones to stereo equipment to that Walkman from 1987 sitting in your closet. But if a new rumor is to be believed, your next iPhone won’t not have one.

As indicated by the Japanese tech site Mac Otakara, Apple is wanting to cut the ubiquitous 3.5mm earphone jack in the iPhone 7, selecting rather for Lightning-based earphones. As per Mac Otakara, the evacuation of the earphone jack has all the earmarks of being a piece of a push to further thin down the iPhone: The site guarantees the following iPhone will be a full millimeter more slender than the present model, the iPhone 6s.

Macintosh Otakara likewise says that the new iPhone will accompany Lightning-based EarPods, and will bolster outsider Bluetooth and Lightning-based earphones. On the off chance that you need to utilize 3.5mm earphones, you’d need to depend on a connector dongle or the like, the report states.

Signs point at “possibly”

While it’s a smart thought to stay suspicious of any gossip, there are two or three signs that this one may be without a doubt. MacRumors describes Mac Otakara as “frequently solid,” which would appear to give this most recent talk some assurance. Also, as MacRumors notes, Apple presented the MFi determination for Lighting-based earphones a year ago, so Apple may have been laying the foundation for move far from the earphone jack for some time.

Apple likewise has a long history of dropping more established innovation in its items, either to make space for new elements or thin down its apparatus. The first iMac, for instance, did not have a floppy drive, however it promoted USB. All the more as of late, the 12-inch Retina MacBook jettisoned all ports for an earphone jack and a solitary USB-C port.

Note that Apple wouldn’t be the first cell phone producer to drop the earphone jack—the HTC G1, the first Android-based cell phone, likewise sent without an earphone jack. However, given Apple’s size, impact, and market position, dispatching an iPhone without an earphone jack may push different producers to take action accordingly.

Such an improvement may prompt a cracked earphone market, but on the other hand it’s conceivable that Apple has other, greater arrangements for the Lightning connector.Only time will tell.

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