Don’t bid farewell to iPhone 7’s headphone jack just yet

What's it gonna be?
Has the rumor-mill been lying to us? Surely not!
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One of the most widely-circulated rumors about the upcoming iPhone 7 is that it will ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of Lightning or wireless headphones.

But don’t be so certain that this is the case: a newly-published photo, reporting to be a shot of the next-gen iPhone internals, appears to show the headphone jack still hanging on despite rumors of its demise.

Tim Cook promises iPhone features you’ve never dreamed of

Life at Apple is great for Tim Cook.
Everything at Apple is great. Promise...
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Future iPhones are going to be so amazing, you probably haven’t even thought of the features Apple is going to add, Tim Cook claimed in a recent interview.

The Apple CEO appeared Monday on Mad Money in an effort to abate the company’s bleeding stock price following last week’s less-than-stellar earnings call. Cook reassured investors that the rumors of Apple’s demise have been greatly exaggerated once again.

While lackluster iPhone sales last quarter have scared off mega-investors and analysts alike, Cook promised some incredible innovation is in the pipeline. In addition to touting upcoming iPhone features, Cook’s wide-ranging conversation with Mad Money host Jim Cramer touched on everything from the Apple Watch being (inaccurately) dubbed a flop to Apple’s growing interest in India and much more.

Here are the highlights:

iPhone 7 might get battery boost, new leak suggests

The next iPhone will have a bigger battery.
The next iPhone will have a bigger battery.
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Leaked images from Apple’s supply chain in Asia have allegedly revealed the upcoming iPhone 7’s battery, and it looks like it will be slightly bigger than the one found in the iPhone 6s.

Photos of the batteries where published this morning on the Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo showing that the iPhone 7 will be upgraded to a 7.04Wh battery — a bump up from the iPhone 6s’ 6.61Wh battery — that will hopefully bring a few more hours a usage time to the new device.

Rumors of iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2, and a kid builds a world-class Apple collection on The CultCast


One of the world's most impressive collection of Apple artifacts belongs to a 15-year-old kid.
One of the world's most impressive collection of Apple artifacts belongs to a 15-year-old kid.
Photo: Alex's Apple Orchard

This week on The CultCast: Apple’s 13-year record revenue streak is broken; our best picture yet of iPhone 7’s features; rumors point to a faster, untethered Apple Watch 2; Apple has a huge increase in R&D spending, but where’s the money going? And stick around for more stories from the Cult of Mac. This time, a 15-year-old builds one of the world’s most impressive Apple collections.

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iPhone 7 may make bigger splash than expected


The iPhone could get a new home button.
The iPhone could get a new home button.
Photo: Sam Mills/Cult of Mac

Full details of the iPhone 7 aren’t expected to be revealed until early this Fall, but thanks to the Apple rumor mill we may already know two of the device’s biggest features, and they could be more major than expected.

Apple will supposedly make its next iPhone both waterproof and dustproof, according to  supply chain sources in China that also indicate the home button could get its biggest upgrade since the addition of Touch ID.