Japanese Apple blog Macotakara, citing a "reliable source," reported that the iPhone 7 will be too thin to include a standard 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. Instead, iPhone 7 customers will need to use Bluetooth headphones or buy an adapter that plugs into the Lightning port.
Rumors about upcoming Apple (AAPL, Tech30) products are common. It's kind of a sport. And for sure, this rumor might not be true. Apple didn't respond to a request for comment.
But the idea that Apple might kill off the headphone jack has an aura of plausibility to it.
First, there's this basic fact of life: The current iPhone 6S is 7.1 mm thick. So if Apple wants to slim down the iPhone 7, it has to do it around the headphone jack.
"As Apple looks to get the iPhone thinner, it makes sense that it would look at new options for connecting headphones," said Scott Steinberg, an independent technology analyst and speaker. "Apple always tends to move the industry forward. If it were any other manufacturer leading the charge, you might see much more push-back from customers." Read more on money.cnn.