Something very exciting about a possible iPhone 7 feature leaked today and it’s a feature that will be absent on the Samsung Galaxy S7. DigiTimes has the news.
“Chip suppliers including Cirrus Logic and Analog Devices (ADI) have recently requested their foundry and backend service providers reserve a significant portion of their production capacities in the second and third quarters, said the sources.”
As MacRumors notes, Cirrus Logic is believed to be the company that will provide the dual speakers. It is believed that the second speaker will likely replace the 3.55mm headphone jack on the iPhone. Unless they have an adapter, iPhone users will have to rely on Bluetooth stereo headphones for phone calls or listening to media.
The move has been controversial. However, BGR believes the removal of the 3.5mm jack is a brilliant idea.
BGR quotes a San Francisco designer, who believes that removing the headphone jack will allow for a thinner design as well as more screen space. It also makes it possible for Apple to remove the Home button, which he argues is good. However, not everybody is happy about Apple’s alleged plans to remove the headphone jack. 220,000 people have already signed a petition against Apple’s plans at the Some of Us petition site. The mission statement is pretty harsh.
“Apple is about to rip off every one of its customers. Again. Forbes and FastCompany are reporting that Apple plans to ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone jack when it releases the iPhone 7 later this year. Only a massive international campaign can force Apple to change course now.”
The petition adds that not only will removing the jack force iPhone users to need more cash to replace their Hi-Fi headphones, but that the wired headphones that won’t work with the new iPhone will now create mountains of electronic waste. The petition doesn’t mention that there will likely be an optional adapter for the iPhone 7 that allows people to still use their wired headphones.
There are some Twitter users who are also angry about Apple’s alleged plans to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7.
Apple just confirmed that the IPhone 7 won't have a headphone jack ???? wtf is that
— ★RIP JAY SCOTT☆ (@BandmanKeys) February 17, 2016
i need apple to realize that we dont need a thinner iphone at the expense of losing the headphone jack. we dont. it's thin enough
— Simba♌ (@Jaeleone) February 15, 2016
However, if removing the headphone jack provides for stereo speakers, many Apple fans believe it’s worth the compromise. For one thing, Bluetooth headphones have massively improved over the past couple of years. Companies such as Sennheiser, Bose, Beats, Bowers & Wilkins, and even Sony currently have high-quality Bluetooth headphones on the market that provide immersive stereo sound with good bass. In some cases, only an audiophile could tell that there is a big difference between wired headphones and high-quality wireless ones.
Others believe stereo speakers would also make the iPhone 7 a better multimedia device to watch movies on or even listen to music. What do you think about Apple’s alleged plans for the iPhone 7? Let us know in the comments section.
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