Intel: Let's replace headphone jacks with USB Type-C ports

Image via Anandtech

Image via Anandtech

The USB Type-C port is gaining traction thanks to the Apple 12-inch Retina MacBook and a number of slender Chromebooks, and now Intel is proposing giving the port standard another job: as a replacement for the standard 3.5mm audio jack on consumer electronics.

Anandtech reported that Intel's idea -- proposed at IDF Shenzhen -- would let manufacturers add features like noise cancellation to wired headsets that can't currently be done without a lot of added expense and weight. Headphones would become "smarter" and lighter, the latter since they would no longer need to have batteries to enable advanced features. USB Type-C as a standard would also simplify connectivity to home cinema systems and multi-channel audio devices. 

Apple is rumored to be looking at using the proprietary Lightning port for a similar job in future iOS devices, particularly in the upcoming iPhone 7. It would be nice if all devices -- even those from Apple -- could finally run on one standard port for charging and connectivity.