iPhone 7 To Keep Headphone Jack After All? Photos Contradict Previous Rumors

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus may include a headphone jack among their features despite reports that they would not. Rumors have been swirling since as far back as November that Apple would ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack, requiring users to use the Lightning port or Bluetooth for audio.

The rumors have persisted, but now Engadget points to photos from Rock Fix, a smartphone repair shop based in China, which shared alleged pics of iPhone 7 parts. This includes what appears to be a headphone jack as well as dual-SIM trays. If the device does in fact include dual-SIM trays, this would be new to the company’s products.

Also depicted are SanDisk memory chips (up to 256GB), and a dual-lens camera on the larger of two devices. The publication reports to have spoken with the shop owner, who said there will be changes to the antenna design on the iPhone 7 as well, but that Apple won’t lose the antenna bands on the back of the phone.

As always, iPhone rumors and alleged photos should be taken with a grain of salt until Apple unveils the device itself. In fact, earlier this week, there were also reports, such as one from Cult of Mac, indicating that the dual-lens camera might not happen with this release because of the technology not quite being up to snuff.

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Earlier this week, Apple unveiled iOS 10, the operating system that will appear on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus when they make their debut this fall. Included are big updates to messages, a new Home app, and new versions of Photos, Music, and News.

“iOS 10 is our biggest release ever, with delightful new ways to express yourself in Messages, a native app for Home automation, and beautifully redesigned apps for Music, Maps, and News that are more intuitive and more powerful, making everything you love about your iPhone and iPad even better,” said Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi. “iOS 10 adds Siri intelligence into QuickType and Photos, automates your home with the new Home app and opens up Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages to developers — while increasing security and privacy with powerful technologies like Differential Privacy.”

These are just a handful of the upgrades the iPhone 7 and other compatible devices will be getting with the release of the new operating system.

Phone in iOS 10 adds integration for third-party VoIP calls, voicemail transcription, and a new caller ID extension for spam alerts while Safari gets split-view on iPad. Apple Pay is updated for payments on websites using Safari, and the Bedtime Alarm in the Clock app lets you set a regular sleep schedule and receive bedtime reminders.

iOS 10 also has a “Raise to Wake” feature that automatically wakes the screen as the user raises the phone. Apple says this makes it easier to view all notifications at a glance from the Lock screen. Additionally, Notifications, Today view and Control Center can be accessed with a swipe or a press, and there and is deeper 3D Touch integration with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Presumably this will be the case with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus as well.

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iOS 10 also opens Siri, Maps, Phone, and Messages to developers, which should go a long way in making compatible devices more useful in a variety of ways that we’ve yet to see.

A public beta of iOS 10 will be available next month. The release will be available as a free software update for iPhone 5 and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod touch 6th generation in the fall. As Inquisitr recently reported, Apple is expected to release the iPhone 7 models in September.

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