Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 may finally address an issue that iPhone users have been clamoring about for years – mediocre battery life. According to a new report from the Chinese-language website MyDrivers, Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus model may feature a 3100 mAh battery, a marked increase from the company’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models which come with 1715 mAh and 2750 mAh batteries, respectively.
While this is undoubtedly encouraging, it’s important to point out that a bigger battery doesn’t necessarily result in improved battery life. On the whole, battery life can be affected by any number of factors, and it’s entirely possible that the larger battery may simply be necessary to account for more power-hungry hardware.
The latest Apple rumor is a fun one: The next iPhone reportedly won’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, iPhone owners will have to use an all-in-one Lightning connector, according to a “reliable source” cited by Japanese website Mac Otakara (via Mac Rumors).
As far as iPhone rumors go, this one doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. Mark my words: Apple is working on replacing the headphone jack with Lightning.
The report claims the new same-sized Lightning connector will support Lightning-equipped headphones, and have a digital-to-analog (DAC) converter for backwards compatibility with wired headphones using standard 3.5mm stereo jacks. In other words, you’ll have to buy a 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter, which Apple will happily sell you, if you want to use wired headphones, earbuds, or even Apple’s current EarPods (pictured above).
If you’re an iPhone user, your favorite old pair of headphones could become obsolete.
The next iPhone, presumably called the iPhone 7, could be more than one millimeter slimmer than the iPhone 6S. But making a smartphone that thin might be impossible if the headphone jack is left the way it is.
Instead of plugging your headphones into the traditional port, Apple might let headphones plug into the slimmer Lightning port, which is primarily used to charge the iPhone.