Your iPhone 7 may come without a 3.5mm headphone jack

Rumors can be fun, and sometimes a little disconcerting to people who have Apple products or peripherals that can be affected by a decision made by the company. The latest rumor from Japanese website Mac Otakara says that Apple has plans to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 (or whatever the next-gen iPhone is called) and instead use an all-in-one Lightning connector for audio output.

The report cites a reliable source, and says that the company is considering releasing Lightning-equipped EarPods at the same time. Some manufacturers are already selling Lightning-equipped headphones, like the Philips Fidelio M2L, so it's not a stretch that they're getting ready for Apple going all-in on Lightning as the one connector for charging, data and audio.

As a result of switching to the Lightning port for audio output, new iPhone and iPod touch models could be even thinner than they are right now, and Mac Otakara's report says that the iPhone 7 could be a full millimeter thinner than the existing 7.1mm iPhone 6s. 

For those of you who own expensive headphones that use the standard 3.5mm jack, don't be too concerned -- the same rumor says that the connector will come with a digital-to-audio converter for backwards compatibility with wired headphones so that only an inexpensive 3.5mm to Lightning adapter would be required for continued use.

What do you think about the rumor? To us, it makes sense that Apple would want to go all-in on a single port device like it did with the 12-inch MacBook. Leave your comments below.