Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Sunday February 14, 2016

iPhone 7 Replacing Headphone Jack With Second Speaker?

Analysts believe that Apple may be replacing the 3.5mm jack with a second speaker so the phone can output in stereo. This may be completely bunk, but I’ve read enough about the headphone jack to think that is definitely being dropped.

To power the speaker, Apple will use a second amp built by supplier Cirrus Logic, said analysts Blayne Curtis and Christopher Hemmelgarn. The headphone jack on the iPhone 6s is located along the same edge as its single speaker, which might make it a natural location to expand into stereo. A number of competing smartphones already offer stereo speakers. Sometimes these are located along the same edge, but in other cases they're on opposite ends of a device, enabling better panning when in landscape mode.