SAN FRANCISCO (CBS13/AP)— Kiss the headphone jack good-bye on the next iPhone.
Apple announced the iPhone 7 will not have a headphone jack. Instead, it will come with a pair of headphones that attach through the Lightning port as well as an adapter with each new phone.
The long-rumored decision to ditch the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack could cause an outcry from consumers. Critics have already complained that their old headphones won’t fit in the charging port without an adapter. There’s also the dilemma of where to plug in a set of headphones if the charging port is already being used to plug in a power cord.
Apple marketing chief Philip W. Schiller says it comes down to “courage to move on to something new.”
Schiller says removing the port frees up space in the phone for newer technologies. He also says the Lightning port was designed years ago with digital audio in mind.