When will Apple get rid of the iPhone headphone jack?

iphone-without-headphone-jackWhen it comes to iPhone rumors, where there’s smoke there’s usually fire. Rumors have been circulating since 2014 that Apple would eliminate the headphone jack on its next iPhone model. While it didn’t come true in 2014 or in 2015, it seems all but certain to finally happen in 2016.

Why is Apple is getting rid of the iPhone headphone jack?

Getting rid of the iPhone headphone jack will allow Apple to make the iPhone 7 a few millimeters thinner because the headphone jack is 3.5mm thick, which means the iPhone has to be at least about 7.1mm thick when you consider the space needed on each side of the headphone jack component to maintain structural integrity. By eliminating the headphone jack from the next iPhone, it will also make more room for battery and other internal components, because the standard headphone jack is about a centimeter and a half long. That may not sound like much but the headphone jack already takes up about as much internal space as the current camera.

Finally, another reason for Apple to get rid of the iPhone headphone jack is to improve the phone’s water resistance. Headphone jacks are notoriously difficult to make waterproof and with tens of thousands of iPhones damaged each year due to water exposure, eliminating the iPhone’s headphone jack will help prevent some phones from getting damaged if they’re exposed to water.

When will the next iPhone come out?

iPhone 7 will be released in September, 2016.

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How will iPhone headphones work without headphone jacks?

There are two alternatives to the normal headphone jacks that iPhones can already use today: wireless headphones, and lightning headphones.

Wireless headphones
bluetooth-wireless-headphonesWireless headphones connect to your iPhone using the Bluetooth standard to stream music from your device despite being several feet away, such as inside a pocket. Rechargeable Bluetooth wireless headphones are already among the top selling types of headphones today. Browse top selling wireless headphones.

Lightning headphones
Even if the iPhone ditches the headphone jack, Apple’s iPhone will still maintain at least one port for charging and data: the Lightning port. The Lightning port replaced the legacy 30 pin connector several years ago and it’s a very thin port that can transfer very high quality audio data to a pair of lightning headphones.

Lightning headphones use Apple’s lightning connector instead of a normal 3.5mm headphone jack. Can you buy lightning connector headphones today? Yes! Several manufacturers are already making Lightning jack headphones even before Apple has released its iPhone 7 without the headphone jack.

Check out our related articles to find Lightning connector headphones:

What are the Best Lightning Cable Headphones?

What are the Best Lightning Earbuds & Lightning Earphones?

You can also connect your regular pair of normal headphones using the Lightning jack using a Lightning to Headphone Adapters & Converter.

What are the Best Lightning Headphones for iPhone?

Now that lightning connectors are standard on all iPhone models, there are lots of great headphones with lightning connectors available. When you’re shopping for the best lightning headphones, there are tons of options that provide great sound quality and are comfortable to wear. Here are some of the best-reviewed Lightning connector headphones available today:

The lightning connector headphones in this article will work for all current iPhone models including iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xr, iPhone SE, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro max. You can also use them with iPads and iPad Pros.

Best Lightning Headphones for iPhone

Apple EarPods with Lightning Connector

No surprise, but one of the best lightning headphones out there are the ones that Apple makes themselves. The Apple EarPods are the ones that come with your new iPhone purchase and they are a great budget option for listening to music, watching videos, or making phone calls. The lightning connector comes with a built in remove for volume adjustment and music control. You can also use it to control calls and it has a built in microphone for clear audio.

Easy to use and perfectly designed for iPhone, EarPods are a great choice.

Beats urBeats3 Earphones with Lightning Connector

If you’re looking for better audio quality than the default Apple EarPods and don’t mind spending a little money to get it, check these out. Beats is making fantastic lightning headphones that are the perfect audio companion to your iPhone. With ergonomically designed eartips in a variety of sizes, they’re not only comfortable to wear but provide noise isolation to help you hear your music or podcast over background noise. The back of the earbuds are also magnetic so they stick together and prevent cord tangling in your bag or pocket. It also has a built in mic with button to easily control your music on the go. With a bunch of fun color options, this is a great option for lightning earbuds.

Available Colors: blue, yellow, coral, satin gold, satin silver

iDars in-Ear Lightning Headphones

Built specifically for iPhones, these lightning headphones from iDars are MFi Certified to be compatible with Apple devices. Ergonomically designed, the earbuds are noise isolating to make it easy to listen to music or podcasts anywhere. They also come with three different sized eartips so you always have a comfortable fit. These headphones have a built in controller to change the volume and pause/play music and other audio. Use it to easily accept and disconnect calls without taking out your phone.

Available in black, red, and white. Comes with a 12 month warranty.

Audeze Sine On-Ear Headphone
Best Lightning Cable Headphones & Earbuds

Audeze also offers a smaller set of on-ear Lightning headphones, which you can pre-order from their website. It’s about half the price of their flagship EL-8 Lightning headphones, and is more lightweight, plus it folds flat for easy ease of use while traveling.