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iPhone 7 Rumors: Apple To Introduce Second Speaker To Replace Headphone Jack

Update Date: Feb 15, 2016 10:20 AM EST

Speculation that Apple may favor Lightning earphones over 3.5 mm jack gained steam this week with reports suggesting a second speaker may also be provided with iPhone 7.

According to Mac Rumors, Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and Christopher Hemmelgarn reported that Apple is unlikely to introduce noise-cancelling headphones until 2017. The iPhone 7 will not feature the headphone jack. Instead, it will work with Lightning headphones and a 'basic' digital codec, they claimed. Audiophiles will have to wait for the iPhone 7S to see the launch of advanced digital audio features including noise-cancelation in the device.

It was also reported that a second speaker could feature in the iPhone 7.

Other rumors that emerged last week hint at possibility of a waterproof screen. According to Phone Arena, one of Apple's display suppliers has just launched its latest, an LCD display that can read inputs from wet fingers. The display is said to be extremely sensitive to touch. It is however not known if the phone itself will be made waterproof. Rumors about iPhone screens have so far been highly speculative after the first set of reports which claimed that the company was going to introduce a bezel-less screen.

Apple iPhone 7 rumors began doing rounds not long after iPhone 6S was launched in September last year. Patents of novel audio technologies and speculation about headphone jack replacement were among the first set of reports which continue to linger, indicating that these are likely changes in the coming for this year's iPhone.

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