It’s a familiar talking point of the next iPhone, a rumour which is a constant contradiction, however the possibility is of course there, in that Apple could release a future iPhone minus it’s 3.5mm headphone jack to a very unprepared world.
Such solution of using the Lightning port on the iPhone as the headphone port is nothing new, existing headphones and earphones are on sale today which use the port, notably from a certain Apple close-neck company Beats, but traditional manufacturers as well, but of course this strikes a very obvious question.
Apple is likely wanting to continue their thin and light strategy in the mobile space, however the thickest remainder on the iPhone today is that headphone port, meaning design would be a key decisive factor, however there’s more to what Lightning can offer in terms of headphone use as explained by the video below provided by MacRumors;
One of the key differentiators between using Lightning over 3.5mm headphones jacks derives around the Audio DAC. On the 3.5mm headphone example, the DAC and AMP is built in to the device itself, whereas with a Lightning example, the DAC and AMP will be built in to the headphones themselves rather than the phone, meaning that the quality should be very decisively different than the 3.5mm example.
So, it’s clear that there’s pros in using Lightning, just a shame that the initial start if they do will be a rough ride for the majority of us, either using adapters, or spending a ton on headphones that won’t work elsewhere. That’s before we get in to having battery low whilst wanting some music listening, guess we will all have to see.