Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) next iPhone will not be devoid of the all-too-familiar 3.5mm audio jack, Jon Fortt and Jordan Kahn said in a recent discussion on CNBC.
The Closing Bell team was discussing the news that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) discussed a new Lightning module for audio at their recent Worldwide Developers Conference. Because of the introduction of the headphone standard, the tech community has been abuzz about the iPhone-maker possibly ditching the 3.5mm audio jack in their next iPhone in favor of connecting headphones via the Lightning port.
Fortt was asked whether this development, if ever it happens, will mean that people will have to bin their current headphones and buy new headphones to listen to music on their latest iPhone. He said that this is not necessarily the case.
He explained that all that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has done is written a specification that allow the Lightning connector to be used for audio devices. He added that this does not necessarily mean that the company will be ridding its next devices of the headphone jack. Furthermore, Fortt argued that the company will likely include an adaptor to connect headphones with 3.5mm jacks if ever the company decides to have only Lightning connectors in its next devices.
It’s noteworthy to mention that the 30-pin connector that the Lightning connector replaced was also capable of connecting audio devices to Apple products.
Meanwhile, the team also discussed whether the introduction of this audio standard for the Lightning connector is possibly tied to the company buying Beats Electronics. Jordan Kahn of 9to5mac chimed in by saying that it is possible that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will make people buy new headphones by marketing new devices with audio-enabled Lightning connectors and Beats headphones with Lightning connectors. The writer and editor noted that the company may be timing its release of Lightning connector headphones to wean people off of using the 3.5mm jack. If the company sees that people are adopting using the Lightning connector for headphones and other audio devices more and more during this transition period, it is possible that the company will forgo including the 3.5mm jack in its next devices.
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