iPhone 7 news: Case ‘confirms Apple will remove headphone jack’1,450 views
The first images of what claims to be of an iPhone 7 case have emerged online, and appear to confirm earlier rumours the new handset would be the first produced without a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The pictures, obtained by reliable tipster @OnLeaks, show a transparent case with spaces for two equally-sized speaker grilles and the central lightening port, suggesting Apple could be planning to overhaul the design of the handset’s bottom edge.
The rumour has been one of the most persistent in recent months, after reports first emerged in early January that the forthcoming model could be made one millimetre slimmer by removing the jack.
The decision to remove the headphone jack would prove a controversial one. The company would presumably include new wireless headphones with the new handset, or a pair of headphones which connect to the phone through a lightning connector. Given Apple’s ownership of Beats, this shouldn’t prove too much of a problem.
Third parties have been able to create lightning connector headphones since June 2014 when Apple extended its Made-for-iPhone licensing programme.
The iPhone 7’s camera lens is also likely to sit in-line with its body and its plastic antenna bands will no longer stretch across its surface, reports suggest.
The rear-camera will sit within the aluminium casing, and antenna bands will sit only on the upper and lower edges, instead of extending across the width of the handset, according toMacRumours.
Apple observers were surprised at the company’s decision to allow the camera on the iPhone 6 to protrude from its casing, claiming it was both out of character for Apple’s meticulous design standards and exposed the lens to scratching and other damage.
Getting rid of the plastic antenna strips also seems plausible. Last summer the company was granted a patent detailing a metal composite able to replace the strips, which are necessary for the phone’s antenna to send and receive signal.
The Californian company is also reported to be developing a form of wireless charging which frees the iPhone from needing to be placed on a charging mat, the most commonly used format currently, according to Bloomberg. However, this is unlikely to be incorporated into an iPhone before 2017.