Last month, rumours began to float around the tech world that Apple would be losing the 3.5mm audio jack on the new iPhone 7 when it’s launched in fall 2016.
While Apple didn’t confirm the rumours, neither did they deny them., which is not unusual for the company.
On Tuesday, the tech world is once again abuzz with word that sources from Apple’s Chinese supply chain have leaked information about the next iPhone losing the standard sized headphone jack.
Word is that the iPhone 7 will require wireless audio headphones to facilitate making the phone its thinnest ever.
Nothing has been confirmed or denied by the company, so it’s all just hearsay for now. But that hasn’t stopped Sum Of Us from launching an online petition demanding that the company keep the standard jack.
There’s also been a fair amount of chat about it on social media, including criticism about how it would make every wired headphone incompatible while creating a huge waste of resources and ultimately forcing Apple customers to spend more money.
iPhone 7 likely won't have a headphone jack, portending a shift toward wireless or Lightning-compatible audio gear: https://t.co/I7s0U0Nw0F— Geoff Weiss (@Geoff_Weiss) January 5, 2016
I don't have an iPhone, but @apple ditching standard headphone jack is going to make a massive amount of e-waste just for more profit 👎— Nalepa World Peace (@Nalepa) January 5, 2016