Great question. Right up there with “To be or not to be?” and “Why are we here?”
As is true with every iPhone that is and ever shall be, there are rumors. Some are true. Some are false. But none in recent memory have caused such a collection of gadget rage as whether or not the next iPhone will have a headphone jack.
Apple’s always liked to play god with these sorts of things. Remember Jobs infamous battle with Flash? Fast forward six years, and Flash is two feet in the grave and taking a nice lung-busting yawn before a forever dirt nap. So sure, Apple wants to kill off the audio jack, too.
But, man, it’s been quite a rollercoaster getting to the bottom of this simple yes or no question. Let me show you what I mean:
June, 2014: I understand that we’re two-and-half years removed from this endless rumor, but life is a cosmic joke so here we are. 9to5Mac reported that Apple had included MFi support for lightning cables into iOS, meaning you could now use headphones through the port Apple usually reserved only for charging.
Several hot takes followed.
September, 2014: Don’t believe those “no headphone jack” rumors. They are mad, I say. Mad!
November, 2015: We got more than a year reprieve until the rumor engine starting firing on all cylinders for the iPhone 7 (or whatever they’re going to call it). Japanese fan site Mac Otakara reported that Apple was going to ditch the audio jack...for real this time. This Japanese site would follow up with numerous reports in the coming months corroborating this rumor.
Several pro/con lists followed.
January, 2016: Chinese site Anzhuo gave Mac Otakara’s original rumor some legitimacy and backed the idea that Apple was ditching the audio jack.
February, 2016: The first iPhone case leaks confirmed—yep, no audio jack!
April, 2016: Wait..hold up...no. A component leak on Weibo seemed to suggest that in fact the audio jack was very much staying on the brand new iPhone.
May, 2016: Onleaks confirms with leaked schematics that Apple was definitely for real this time killing the iPhone jack. Yep.
June 18, 2016: Chinese sites continued to report that the iPhone would be keeping the headphone jack and including dual SIM capabilities.
June 20, 2016: Mac Otakara, the site that started this deluge of rumors in the first place, reports that Apple might include an 3.5mm audio jack-to-Lightning converter with the iPhone 7.
June 21, 2016: Then The Wall Street Journal came down like the voice of god and decreed that the iPhone 7 would lose the audio jack and that it would also be a whole millimeter thinner than the previous iPhone 6s.
Angry takes followed.
For now, the prevailing rumor is that the iPhone 7 will NOT have an audio jack. But hey, things can change and no one (outside of Apple) can really know for sure. It’s best to just take comfort in the fact that in 5 billion years the fires of the Sun will engulf the Earth, washing away in hot cosmic fire everything that ever was or will be.
That’s what we call a sure thing.