What would a super-thin, no-headphone-jack iPhone 7 look like? Check out these renders
Where do you draw the line between “crazy” and “just crazy enough to be true?” Late last month we looked at rumors suggesting that Apple could be thinking about slimming down the iPhone 7 by ditching a legacy port: the phone’s analog 3.5mm headphone jack. Almost certainly an even more controversial move than stepping away from the old 30-pin interface, if true we could be looking at significant user resistance – but none of that’s to say that Apple wouldn’t actually do it. We may not have our answer either way for a long while, but thanks to the work of designer Eric Huismann we’re getting an early taste for just how such a Lightning-only iPhone might come together, as he publishes his concept art for the iPhone 7.
And make no mistake: these phones are thin. Huismann suggests next year could bring us the triumvirate of the 4.0-inch iPhone 7 Mini, 4.7-inch iPhone 7, and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus. While this year’s 6S and 6S Plus measured in at 7.1mm and 7.3mm thick, respectively, this speculative no-headphone-jack trio could shrink its handsets’ thickness down to 5.0mm, 5.2mm, and 5.5mm.
Other aspects of this design include a vanishing antenna stripe and the move from a mechanical home button to one employing 3D Touch. And to help formalize the evolution away from a headphone jack, Huismann suggests Apple could go wireless for its next-gen EarPods – the AirPod headphones we’ve already seen mentioned in a trademark filing.
It all makes for a well-conceived vision of the iPhone 7, but does Apple share the same direction? Maybe more to the point, is a thinner iPhone really what shoppers want? Let us know what you think of these designs in the comments.