The iPhone 7 is expected to be released somewhere in September, a year after the release of iPhone 6S. While Apple always remains quiet with details of its upcoming products, it has increasingly become very hard to hide everything.
Even though the possible release date of the iPhone 7 and a successor to the phablet iPhone 6S Plus is still months away, rumors about what to expect on this device have been rife. A lot has been going on with respect to the rumored design, however, the latest reports seem to be coinciding with what has been said about the possible removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 when it is released.
According to the latest news coming from Intel, USB Type-C is the way forward. This revelation was made public during the IDF Shenzhen, with Intel using the forum to highlight the need for making this type of connectivity universal. It comes as a major surprise following the recent claims by a Google engineer that there are unsolved issues with respect to Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology as well as the USB Type-C ports and cables in use today.
In addition, major OEMs such as Samsung have left behind the idea of having a USB Type-C port on their most valued smartphones for 2016 – Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. However, LG and HTC built their flagships with this connectivity option. The option was also used in last year’s OnePlus 2. There are rumors that Apple might include this port on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, however, it is not confirmed. But given that Intel seems to be buying the idea of USB Type-C connectors representing the future, it is possible to see Apple going the same way with the 2016 flagships.
In Intel’s view, USB Type-C can further expand its usage from just being an option for charging phones and transferring data into a solid replacement for the 3.5mm headphone jack. According to Intel, using the new connectivity standard over the older one will simply the connections between audio equipment and other devices. This is huge for the chipmaker as it is so far the only major OEM that has come in with such a revolutionary idea.
Of course, it is possible to have USB-C replace the traditional headphone jack thanks to the sideband use pins that can also be used with respect to analog audio. However, don’t get too excited as Intel is not yet done with this USB Type-C Digital Audio technology.
If it happens that Intel is part of the team that supplies Apple with parts for the forthcoming iPhone 7, it is possible to see the 3.5mm headphone jack replaced with a USB Type-C lightning port as earlier rumors had earlier suggested. But who knows, Apple might decide to go with the lightning connector instead. It’s only time that can tell.