And what do the headphone companies make of all this speculation? Interestingly enough, as the Verge observes, most of the companies at CES were surprisingly sanguine about the prospect of the headphone jack disappearing from Apple's most popular product. Most of them, after all, also sell wireless models, and there remains the prospect of Lightning-compatible headphones as a new avenue to explore.
Update 2 June 2016: Recently Axpro Technology shared its very own Lightning to 3.5mm jack adaptor and two lightning-only headphones. This might suggest that they've been tipped off to start shifting their attention towards the lightning port, prior to the iPhone 7 release in late 2016.
iPhone 7 design rumours: Part leak suggests 3.5mm jack WILL make an appearance on iPhone 7
Though the rumour that Apple will be ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack with the iPhone 7 seems all but confirmed, a recent leak proves otherwise. A newly leaked photo claims to showcase the internals of the upcoming iPhone 7, and most notably of all, the inclusion of a 3.5mm jack. For those unsure what they're looking at, we're referring to the top grey section of the below photo:
The question is - is it legit? It's always tough to tell with part leaks as even though Apple's suppliers (namely Pegatron) are cracking down on iPhone component leaks, the sheer volume of workers at each factory means that this will never be 100 percent effective. It's fairly safe to assume that leaks will eventually get through the barrier. We're not sure of the authenticity of the photo, but if true it could mean that Apple has taken a U-Turn on its plans to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7, much to the delight of legions of Apple fans.
Update (22/06/2016): This has been further backed up via Japanese site Mac Otakara, which has a good track record with Apple leaks and suggests that both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will have a headphone jack this year. The site states the following:
"At Computex Taipei 2016, many manufacturers showcased their new Lightning audio adaptors, and it seems there has been rumors that the headphones to be included with the new iPhone 7 series will still come with its own headphone jack as usual, and that a Lightning headphone jack adaptor will also be included in the package."
It's interesting to note that even though Apple is keeping the headphone jack in the iPhone 7, the company is said to provide Lightning adaptors too. Why is this? It seems that even if the iPhone 7 is safe from the headphone jack cull, it's coming sooner rather than later and frankly, there's not a lot that we can do about it.
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