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Rumor: iPhone 7 will feature a second audio speaker in place of the 3.5mm headphone jack, ship with Lightning headphones

One startling rumor about the iPhone 7 is that Apple will replace the 3.5mm headphone jack. We’ve been wondering exactly why Apple would do this (perhaps to push users to adopt better headphones with Bluetooth wireless technology or improve the audio experience), and we now have some answers that just may clarify things a bit.

A new analyst report says that the purpose behind eliminating the 3.5mm headphone jack pertains to Apple’s decision to add a second audio speaker on the bottom of the device. Of course, Apple’s iPhones have never had surround-sound audio, but Apple’s decision to include a second audio speaker may be done to improve the audio experience. There will be no noise cancellation technology in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, with analysts saying that we may need to wait until the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus to see anything along these lines. There will be new “Lightning” headphones, however, and this makes sense with Apple’s decision to eliminate the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Apple’s exclusivity in its devices frustrates the plans of customers to treat their devices as part of a common crowd. Apple has been under the gun recently for its “error 53” bricking message that’s part of the company’s so-called commitment to protect your fingerprint information from hackers. Apple says it has been sending error 53 messages on iPhones to protect user info, but this conflicts with the company’s claim that “the iPhone doesn’t store your fingerprint information.” Some believe Apple is tightening up on allowing customers to get their devices repaired from anyone else, anywhere else, except for places that Apple has designated as worthy repair shops.

With the iPhone 7, keep in mind that you’ll be able to trade in your cracked iPhone 7 for cash credit, according to Apple’s new updated iPhone trade-in program. As for the specs and features, expect the iPhone 7 to feature the same 4.7-inch, 750p display with the same 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 16GB of storage (with Apple’s emphasis on app thinning in iOS 9), 12MP back camera, 5MP front camera, Touch ID fingerprint sensor for Apple Pay and iTunes purchases, dual-core A9 chip and M9 motion coprocessor, running iOS 10. The iPhone 7 Plus will feature these specs but add to it an improved optical image stabilization. We don’t know if Apple will bring OIS to the iPhone 7 (as it has brought OIS to the iPhone 6 Plus and the Plus lineup), but we can always wait and see.

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