The next Apple flagship smartphone might be some more months away, but when has that ever stopped us from speculating about the innovations it might bring?
According to Apple Insider, the next iPhone might be missing the 3.5mm headphone jack and just sport a second speaker instead. The media publisher bases its report on a copy of Barclay’s research memo that it got its hands on.
Signed by analysts Blayne Curtis and Christopher Hemmelgarn, the memo said that Apple plans to incorporate a second amp in the upcoming iPhone iteration, and that it will be produced by a Cirrus Logic subsidiary.
Speculations have the second speaker located on the same edge as the existing speaker, physically replacing the removed headphone jack. But don’t expect the best stereo sound from the next-generation iPhone, because the two speakers are expected to be placed on the device’s bottom edge.
Other smartphones on the market are already featuring stereo speakers – which means that some of these devices sport them on opposite ends, providing better panning, especially when using the phone in landscape mode.
Meanwhile, analysts say the iPhone 7 will come with another missing element: no dynamic noise cancellation feature, but a basic digital codec instead. However, this feature is expected to arrive in 2017, meaning that Apple might introduce it as a best-selling point for the iPhone 7s.
But enough about what the upcoming smartphone will be lacking; seeing that the headphone jack has been ditched, the new iPhone will be shipping with new Lightning-equipped headphones.
According to the recent claims from Curtis and Hemmelgarn, the innovative noise-cancelling technology from Wolfson Microelectronics – a daughter company to Cirrus back – will have to be included in both the headphones and the new iPhone itself.
The companies who will want to support the new tech in their own headphones will need to pay for a license.
Starting January, another rumor started claiming that Apple actually has in the works its own high-end wireless Bluetooth headphones. In other words, the new earpieces will be two separate pods with no wire to connect them to each other.
Expect the new earpods to arrive on the shelf along with the next-generation iPhone 7 sometime during the coming fall. Analysts said Apple’s wireless headphones might look similar with the ones showed off by Bragi at the 2016 CES in January.
We feel compelled, however, to warn you that as with all rumors on the upcoming iPhone, these latest reports are best taken with huge grain of salt until further confirmation.
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