If those very expensive, noise-cancelling headphones are currently sitting on your holiday wish list, the latest iPhone 7 rumor that’s been circulating might make you reconsider. Mashable reports that for the iPhone 7, Apple may be dropping that 3.5 mm audio jack all together in order to create the slimmest iPhone yet. But don’t freak out entirely — here’s what that could mean for your music game moving forward.
Previously we had reported that Apple had filed a patent for wireless “AirPods” so perhaps these wireless earbuds will be coming into play as early as the iPhone 7? Another valid possibility many believe is that Apple will choose to employ a multi-functional USB-C port, which is only 2.5 mm high. Potentially, this one-for-all port could even replace the Lightning charger, which means yes, all those phone chargers of yore could one against be defunct in no time. *Shudder* Could anyone forget the Great 30-Pin Charger Switch Up of 2012?! Let’s hope these rumors are NOT true.
But in case they are, it would be a huge blow to audio industry — and could potentially hurt the iPhone 7’s chances as well. After all, the 3.5 mm audio jack is practically universal. According to a report by Statista, there have been over 290.9 million units of headphones sold globally in 2015 alone.
Your move, Apple.
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