It's official: the iPhone no longer has a headphone jack.
Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the company's new iPhone — called the iPhone 7 — and as has been widely predicted, the headphone jack has been replaced with a new speaker. The new iPhone devices have stereo speakers — top and bottom — to deliver twice the volume of the iPhone 6s and what Apple is calling "an immersive audio experience."
The elimination of a popular, longstanding and essentially universal feature is a bet that wireless communication will be the essential mode of most devices in the future — not just iPhones. Headphones in the new iPhone must now be connected wirelessly or through the device's Lightning port.
Why remove the headphone jack? Courage, said Apple exec Phillip Schiller. The removal of the headphone jack makes space with other new features, he said.