And just like that, we're about a month away from the release of the next Apple iPhone--the iPhone 7. Ever since it was first announced, people have been seeing different leaks and rumors about the smartphone; some of which were pretty good changes for the device, others were pretty questionable. Among the latter is that Apple has been reported to let go of the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack; a spec that has been included in modern smartphones since the 19th century when it replaced the 6.35mm jack from 1878. Unfortunately, this decision has since sparked a debate as it could lead to massive electronic waste in the near future.
A recent report from MacRumors show that Apple could be shipping a Lightning to 3.5mm dongle along with every box of the latest iPhone 7. Evidence of this possibility has emerged with several images and videos showcasing what the dongle could be capable of. These videos and photos were first spotted from a Foxconn factory based in Vietnam. The video also demonstrates how this dongle connects to an iPad device. When connected with an iPad running iOS 9, an incompatibility error message pops up on the device. However, connecting it through a device running iOS 10 changes the message seamlessly.
Despite the material serving as a compelling piece of evidence, there is not much proof that it is legit. It's probably best to wait until the iPhone 7 is released in September. According to @evleaks, Apple could already be accepting pre-orders before September 9. Apart from the dongle, the iPhone 7 could be equipped with stereo speakers, dual-camera lenses, and larger camera lens. A recent report though shows that the iPhone 7 may have a flat home button screen that would simply respond with a vibration once it is pressed. But since the iPhone 7 is set to be released in a little over a month, it's probably best to just wait.