Based on the leaks for the upcoming iPhone 7, it is all but confirmed that the iPhone will be the iPhone 6s sans the headphone jack. The phone will rely on Lightning and Bluetooth for audio in absence of the port. Earlier rumors suggested Apple is working on special Lightning adapter that will connect headphones to the Lightning port and now we may have our first look at it.
A new report on a Vietnamese website claims to show off the new 3.5mm to Lightning adapter. The adapter would be used to connect regular headphones to the Lightning port of the new iPhone. The source claims it was obtained from one of the Foxconn accessory factories in Vietnam. It has a very Apple-like design resembling the .2 meter Lightning to 30-pin adapter.
When the adapter is plugged into an iPhone running the developer’s version of iOS 10, the phone accepts it as an authentic adapter. If it is plugged into an iPhone running iOS 9, the phone claims it does not support the adapter. This is significant because it proves its authenticity. The iPhone 7 will be the only phone that needs to use this adapter and it will run iOS 10 out of the box. It cannot downgrade to iOS 9 so there is no need for Apple to allow the old software to work with their new adapter.
Finally, the report claims the Lightning adapter will be included in the box with the iPhone 7. This makes sense since most everyone has at least one pair of headphones with a 3.5mm plug. Apple could either force their customers to pay for an an adapter or they could include it in the box for free. The former of which may turn customers off from buying a phone that is missing a crucial port. The company did not do this when the iPhone 5 was released with the new Lightning port because 30-pin accessories only work with Apple products. Headphones work with virtually every electronic product that allow for audio input/output. There is a greater need for an adapter for 3.5mm to Lightning so Apple will apparently give it to us.
The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced in early September at a special media event. The iPhone will look similar to the iPhone 6s but have less antenna lines, a larger rear camera sensor, and potentially come in a new color.
Check out a video below of the Lightning adapter in action: