Apple iPhone 7: 24 hours later – Lightning Connector Headphone Quality

Apple removed the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7. Why remove this standard port for connecting audio gear?


Many people have made comments regarding the age of the phono jack. This is a connector which was originally developed in the late 1870’s. This design is well over a century old, so certainly by now we should have a better way to send audio from a source to speakers right? Apple thinks they have the solution and it basically involved using the same data port the iPhone uses to sync and charge. Certainly this 21st century connection has to provide a higher quality output than some old analog plug, right? Like when we all ditched VHS for DVD, digital is always preferable, right? Right?

We’re only one day into testing the iPhone 7, but we have a great phone to compare it against with last year’s iPhone 6S. Has this change delivered any improvements to headphone quality? Let’s take a look!

Apple iPhone 7: 24 hours later – Lightning Connector Headphone Quality

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Juan Carlos Bagnell
Juan has been geeking out on personal computing since before PCs had GUIs. After studying Theatre in college, Juan worked with a contractor that supported servers and mobile devices for Department of Energy facilities. After moving to Los Angeles California, and working as a commercial casting director, he now dedicates his time to discussing the tech landscape as a consumer advocate. You’ll often see him pop in local news broadcasts. Passionate about mobile content creation, he recently published his first book on smartphone photography.