Like your iPhone's headphone jack? You may want to hang on to your current iPhone.
It's looking more and more likely that Apple is going to dump the headphone jack on its next iPhone.
r. nial bradshaw/FlickrThe iPhone 7 — which is almost certainly what Apple's next iPhone will be called — is reportedly in production already in China. According to two separate Chinese tech websites citing anonymous production line sources, the next iPhone is missing the headphone jack port that pretty much every smartphone on Earth uses.
The thinking goes that Apple will remove its headphone port on its next iPhone, and as a result you'll use the Lightning port for everything — that's the one in the picture above that the power cable is plugged into.
Though the Lightning port transmits power, it can also transmit data. That means it can transport music, or even respond knowingly when you plug in headphones, anticipating your need for Spotify to open as soon as humanly possible.
ReutersIt also means that every standard pair of headphones on Earth — there are some that already use Lightning connectors, as well as Bluetooth headphones — would no longer connect to your iPhone. At least they won't connect without an adapter and, frankly, who wants to carry around an adapter just for using headphones with their phone?
There are certainly benefits to use the Lightning port instead of a traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack.
As Tech Insider reporter Alex Heath wrote in late December 2015, "Lightning is a superior connector compared to the existing 3.5 mm audio jack in the iPhone because it's digital. That means the iPhone's software could fine-tune the way headphones sound, like an equalizer. An app like Spotify could also be programmed to open whenever you plug in headphones."
Like so many times before — the floppy disk, the CD-ROM drive, and, currently, USB ports on the new MacBook — it looks like Apple may be eschewing a long-held standard in an effort to blaze trails toward a new standard. In this case, however, that standard is far more deeply embedded than anything else Apple's challenged (and defeated, in many cases) before.
Business InsiderRegardless, we're still more than likely months away from the reveal of the next iPhone, so don't take these reports as scripture just yet.