Apple is rumored to get rid of the 3.5 mm Headphone Jack from its future devices. The company recently released its latest range of smartphones without the traditional audio port. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are Apple’s first range of handsets to lose the headphone jack. The forthcoming iPad Mini 5, MacBook Pro and iMac will also receive the same fate.
The Cupertino giant states multiple reasons for the removal of the traditional audio output port. From a space-saving to analog – digital conversion, the company has various explanations for the drastic change. Apple aims to present this as a futuristic technological advancement and claims to be brave enough to bring this earlier than most of its competitors.
We all know Apple’s love for sleek products; the company always works hard to make its products as slim and compact as possible. It was one of the first OEMs to ditch the DVD drive from its Notebooks. As a reason, the company mentioned about the same target to save more space and phase out old technology. This has indeed made the Apple MacBook line-up one of the most portable laptops in the industry. Now, with the disposal of the 3.5 mm audio port Apple aims to bring another revolutionary change. The company might be doing the same with its iPad tablets and iMac all-in-one desktops.
With the elimination of the dedicated audio output jack, Apple’s signature lightning jack will handle its functionality. The Cupertino giant has already started shipping headphones with lightning connectors along the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. This move is publicized as an advancement of technology from the analog nature of the 3.5 mm jacks to the digital lightning ports. The company claims that this will result in massive improvements in the acoustics department. Truly speaking, this is half true as it will benefit only the high-end headphones and detrimental for the low-cost ones.
Lightning connectors support full-scale power input and output which the 3.5 mm ports lacked. The latter could push out little electricity, which was just enough for powering small earphones. With the latest lightning connectors, you will be able to run full-scale speaker systems without any external power supply. Although this indeed seems to be a good enough reason to switch to the new technology, it will take a long while before compatible speakers hit the market. With all these, we believe that Apple may be on the verge of bringing a new revolution in the tech industry, this time in the audio department.