An expected new feature on the so-called iPhone 7 could require owners to ultimately spend more than they prepared for on accessories. But the upgrade might be worth it, analysts say.
The usual 3.5-millimeter headphone jack is expected to be missing from the new high-end iPhone, which has not been officially named the iPhone 7. Instead, headphones would connect to the phone via the lightning jack, which is used as the charging port on current versions of the phone. As a result, that new phone will be thinner than previous models, though this doesn't apply to the scaled-down and cheaper iPhone SE, which Apple is expected to unveil next week.
"What Apple likes to do is put as much functionality into as thin a phone as they possibly can," said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, a market analysis and consulting firm. Moorhead said in an interview with CNBC that he's heard mixed sentiment about the possible change.