iPhone 7 rumors: How Apple plans to return to slim and sleek

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Apple has always found ways to outdo ttself with each next generation consumer product be it the iPad, iPhone or MacBook. But with smartphone competitors such as Samsung, Oppo and Vivo having released their versions of the thinnest Android phones. Apple, it seems, has taken action that suggests the need to respond against competition. 

According to popular Japanese tech blog Macotakara, Apple is planning to remove the headset jack from the rumored iPhone 7. This would reduce the phone’s thickness by 1 mm without sacrificing the screen size.

The Cupertino-based company will reportedly replace the standard headset jack with its Lightning connector. The report claims consumers will get Lightning connector-equipped EarPods with the iPhone 7 and a tiny DA (Digital to Analog) converter. Third-party headphone manufacturers will have to include 3.5 mm to Lightning converters. 

As of 2015, models of the iPhone 5 onward, iPod touch (5th generation) onward, iPad (4th generation) onward, iPad mini, iPod nano (7th generation), MacBook, Mac, Apple Pencil, Beats Pill+, Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and the Siri Remote use the Lightning connector.

Another way headphone manufacturers can connect to the iPhone 7 is thru Bluetooth. The blog speculates that Apple isn’t planning on making any changes to Bluetooth connectivity. 

With pressure from competitors such as Samsung, Oppo and Vivo, Apple looks to stay competitive against other slim and sleek smartphones. Samsung’s Galaxy A7 is 6.3 mm thin, Oppo’s R5 is just 4.85 mm and Vivo’s Air boasts 5.1 mm while Apple’s latest iPhone 6s Plus is 7.33 mm thin which lags behind competitors in the market.