Following up on rumors that Apple may ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack on the upcoming iPhone 7, Huismann’s concept images show a thinner iPhone without the headphone jack. In place of the headphone jack, the designer posits that Apple may opt to use “AirPods,” which use Bluetooth to connect your phone to headphones. Again, these are merely concept designs for the iPhone 7, and could end up looking nothing like the next smartphone from Apple.
If the rumor about the 3.5mm headphone jack is true, though, Apple will be able to shave off “more than 1mm” from the thickness of the iPhone 6S, which would make the iPhone 7 the thinnest iPhone ever. The idea is hardly new, as rumors were rampant prior to the launch of the iPhone 6 that Apple would use the Lightning port as the headphone input in the future. If that becomes Apple’s standard with the iPhone 7 rather than a pair of Bluetooth earbuds, you can say goodbye to charging your device and listening to music at the same time.
The concept design, which can be found on the German website Handy Abovergleich, also does away with the well-rounded glass and removes the ugly antenna strip on the back of the device. To add to the thinness of the device, the camera does not stick out anymore, making the back completely flat. His concept also removes the physical Home button for a touch sensitive one that offers haptic feedback. This way, the button can access Apple’s 3D Touch capabilities.
Huismann also added a 4-inch size along with the 4.7- and 5.5-inch variants, which goes along with the rumor that Apple will bring back the small iPhone.
Overall, the concepts aren’t anything groundbreaking in terms of design — but the iPhone 7 will be a game changer if Apple does indeed remove the headphone jack.
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