The company is set to swap the traditional headphone jack and instead send sound through the lightning port that at the moment is mostly used for charging, according to a report in Fast Company. That process will allow the phone to be even thinner than normal, alongside a range of other design changes.
As well as the changes to the headphone setup the phone will also be waterproof and able to charge wirelessly, the magazine reported citing “a source with knowledge of the company’s plans”.
Apple is working with the company that has helped create its audio chips to make an iPhone that will be able to play music out of the port, the magazine reported. It will also use new noise-cancelling technology made by a UK company called Wolfson Microelectronics, which will allow the phone and headphones to work together to remove background noise while listening to music and making phone calls.
Other headphone makers will be able to use that special technology but will have to pay Apple a fee to do so, the report claimed.
Little is known about how Apple will implement the new headphones, and the company itself has not said anything about how it would do so or suggested that it actually will.
But it’s likely that Apple will encourage people to listen to their music in one of three ways. Either they could use Bluetooth headphones, which don’t need a plug anyway; buy headphones that plug straight into the lightning port, some models of which already exist; or Apple will also make an adapter that will allow people to plug their traditional headphones into the phone’s lightning port.
Apple’s phone would be the first major handset to get rid of the traditional 3.55mm headphone jack. That plug is used in almost every audio system in the world, allowing phones and other devices to connect into headphones and hi-fis for audio playback.
In pictures: iPhone 6s goes on sale
In pictures: iPhone 6s goes on sale
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Apple fans pose for selfie at the store in Australia, during the launch of the new iPhone 6s
People cheer at the launch of the new iPhone 6s, at the store in Australia
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A customer tries out a rose gold iPhone 6s Plus smartphone at the Apple Store near the West Lake in Hangzhou city, Zhejiang province, China
A member of staff processes a transaction as customer purchase phones during the launch of the Apple iPhone 6s at The Apple Store Opera, in Paris, France
The Apple store in Beijing launches the new iPhone 6s
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Jonathan Pierrard, 26, from Rossignol, Belgium is the first customer to leave with the new iPhone 6s at The Apple Store in Opera, after queuing for few days, in Parisr to open new shortcuts - a feature Apple calls 3D Touch. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
But the new phone will borrow features from existing competitors like waterproofing and wireless charging, according to the same report.
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