The new iPhone 7 scheduled to be released in autumn this year, will not feature a 3.5mm socket because Apple wants to make the iPhone 7 thinner and more waterproof. They also plan on increasing the battery size for higher usage times. Instead, some reports suggest that the iPhone 7 will use the Lightning cable port, which is used for charging now, for sound output as well. Other reports suggest that the iPhone 7 will be shipped with wireless headphones instead, but we find this very hard to believe.
As a result, a petition has been made where over 300.000 people already have signed a petition to urge Apple to not remove the 3.5mm headphone socket in their next iPhone model. If Apple decides to really push through with this, it will render most headphones and earbuds useless. It’s not really anything that users have been asking for, The Verge wrote on their website. And also, this would mean that you can not hear music while charging your iPhone as they would be using the same port.
Other authorities say that the transition from analogue ports is inevitable and Apple are just doing what they usually do – go through a painful transition for the long-term gain.