Is Apple Removing The Headphone Jack From The iPhone Because Of This Patent?

Is Apple Removing The Headphone Jack From The iPhone Because Of This Patent?
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Amidst a persistent petition, it seems that Apple has a good reason for removing the headphone jack from the iPhone. A new patent issued to the tech company reveals why.


Recently, a patent was approved for an “audio port configuration for compact electronic devices” for Apple Inc. The tech company had filed for the said patent back on May 13, 2013, so it seems this technology has been in the works for some time now. And the goal of this patented invention has always been to provide customers with high audio quality no matter how small or slim a device can get. Take the upcoming iPhone 7, for example. There are numerous reports that Apple plans to make it one of the slimmest iPhones made.

The aim is to provide “high-quality audio sound output and pickup without hindering the ability to make portable electronic devices smaller and thinner.” Apple believes there are several ways this can be done. The first is to have a portable electronic device that utilizes a housing with an opening and an audio element. Another possibility is to design a device that comes with an audio chamber acoustically linked to a second surface in the intermediate structure. Meanwhile, there is the possibility of putting an audio assembly over the opening of a “flexible electrical substrate.” There is also the possibility of utilizing a “mesh barrier” that can be inserted in the opening of the device.

9TO5Mac reports that the patent goes far beyond reports that iPhone will be using Lightning and Bluetooth connectivity for future audio, instead of the 3.5mm headphone socket. Today, the petition to stop Apple from doing away with the headphone jack is still racking up signatures. The goal of the petition was to get at least 250,000. Currently, the petition has already secured as much as 265,255 signatures.

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