The rumours were true! The iPhone 7 will NOT have a headphone jack
Apple has confirmed the removal of the headphone jack connection on the base of the iPhone, as was widely rumoured.
The tech giant broke the news at its live event in San Francisco, confirming the iPhone 7 will include earphones in their boxes that connect to the iPhone’s Lightning connection, currently used for charging and data transfer.
An adaptor will also be included in the box that will enable traditional headphone users to connect to the new iPhone and continue to use their existing headset.
New “breakthrough” wireless EarPods called AirPods were also unveiled for those wanting to go wireless.
The AirPods contain sensors that can tell when they are in a user’s ears, and can be connected to an iPhone or Apple Watch just by opening the smartbox they come in, that also charges them.
The iPhone 7 will also come with stereo speakers for the first time, with a speaker now placed at the top and bottom of the device.
Apple chief Tim Cook unveiled the iPhone 7, saying the firm’s smartphone had become the “industry gold standard”, and the smartphone “by which all others are measured”.
Apple has made the iPhone dust and water resistant for the first time, redesigned the device’s camera, and introduced a second lens to the rear of the larger iPhone 7 Plus, which it says leads to better and sharper images.
The second lens on the 7 Plus is a “telephoto” lens and will enable users to quickly zoom in without losing image quality – something that has plagued smartphones for years.
The home button has been given a vibration-based taptic feedback system so it now vibrates when touched to give users feedback. The feature is already in use on the firm’s MacBook laptops.
Apple said it would have five hours of battery life.