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Next iPhone Might Drop Headphone Jack To Trim Depth

Apple will drop the 3.5mm headphone jack on next year’s iPhone 7, requiring wired headphones to connect to the smartphone via Bluetooth or the phone’s 8-pin digital Lightning connector, a news report contends.

The move would shave more than a millimeter off the iPhone’s depth and open up the potential for improved headphone sound quality through the use of a headphone-embedded DAC delivering 48kHz lossless audio. The headphone’s DAC would be powered by the iPhone.

Third-party makers of wired headphone makers would have to embed a DAC in their headphones or offer a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter.

9to5Mac’s report cited Japanese blog Macotakara.