While a number of rumors have flown, saying Apple will drop the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7, a new image has surfaced, indicating the headphone jack will hang in there for at least one more model year.
French site Nowhereelse.fr posted an image of a Lightning cable assembly, allegedly made for the iPhone 7. The assembly differs in design from the same part found in the current iPhone 6s.
The image – submitted anonymously via a Weibo account – shows the assembly, containing a number of components, such as cellular antenna cables, and the Lightning port, but it definitely shows a headphone jack on the far left side of the assembly.
The image – submitted anonymously as it was – could definitely be faked, or could be a photo of a component from a Chinese counterfeit manufacturer, so as usual, get your salt shakers at the ready, in order to take that proverbial grain of salt when viewing the photo.
Recent rumors have indicated Apple will drop the 3.5mm headphone jack, in order to make the new iPhone 7 handset thinner. The new design would rely on both the Lightning port, and Bluetooth to connect to headphones.
Apple is also rumored to be developing a pair of Bluetooth EarPods that would recharge via the iPhone’s Lightning port, and would be sold separately.