iPhone 7 Rumors: Apple's Speakers Patent Could Edge Out Headphone Jack
If a new patent is any indication, there may be some truth to the rumors about Apple ditching the headphone jack.
According to The Week, the patent describes a technology which uses the phone's insides like an audio chamber to improve volume and quality. The technique has already been tried in the iPad Pro. The technology was described for the phone's speakers and headphones.
Rumors about Apple doing away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack began doing the rounds last year. Reports claimed that the iPhone 7 could force users to use lighting or Bluetooth for headphones.
9to5 Mac describes the patent with Apple's problem statement; decreasing space in electronic devices that makes provision of high-quality audio difficult.
"Consequently, there is a need for improved approaches to provide high-quality audio sound output and/or pickup from portable electronic devices as they get smaller and thinner," the patent reads.
The patent proposes to couple audio elements with other components with openings to allow sound through pass through.
"In another embodiment, an audio chamber can be formed to assist in directing audio sound between an opening an outer housing and a flexible electronic substrate to which the audio element is mounted or coupled thereto," the patent reads.
Apple has not officially spoken about the headphone jack but rumors have already sparked reactions from users. According to The Independent, an online petition against Apple's proposed move has already garnered hundreds of supporters. The petition argues against the move stating that it would generate electronic wastes and render existing headphones useless.