iOS 9 code hints at Apple’s plans to ditch headphone jack


Bye-bye, headphone jack!
Photo: Chase Fromm

More evidence is piling up to suggest that Apple will ditch the 3.5mm jack from the upcoming iPhone 7 — with Twitter user Chase Fromm discovering a potentially revealing line of code in the new iOS 9.3 beta 1.1 software release.

The code reads “Headphones.have.%sinput.NO.”, which may suggest that Apple is looking for different methods of connecting headphones to the next-gen iPhone, most likely with Bluetooth wireless EarPods.

This isn’t the only clue hidden in the code of Apple’s new iOS version. Yesterday we reported on the references to Li-Fi technology, which hints that the iPhone 7 could sport super-fast data speeds of up to 100x that of current Wi-Fi.

It’s worth noting that not everyone is in agreement about what the “Headphones.have.%sinput.NO.” reference means — and that even if this reference is built into the iOS 9.3 beta, it doesn’t necessarily indicate that Apple will absolutely get rid of the headphone jack for the next iPhone.

Still, with with a total of 288,284 people having signed a petition to stop Apple embracing the future with wireless EarPods, it’s no wonder that this latest discovery would cause a few shockwaves.

  • Linton Findlay

    It’s going to be frustrating buying another decent pair of headphones. With the lack of 3.5mm jack itil drive the price of Bluetooth headphones down, and lightning enabled devices . I think I’m in the minority though where my £250 sennheiser headphones will become redundant, since most people will use the EarPods or whatever’s cheapest, hopefully some kind of adapter will come to market

  • scott ronan

    I’ve been using Bluetooth headphones for a couple of years now and would never go back. I use Shure, Sennheiser and Bose but just found the connections round the jack eventually broke plus Bluetoough are so much better for cycling with.

  • Fred Cintra

    This string is saying to me that headphones have or don’t have input as mic/controls, nothing else

  • prosoundrecording

    When Chase plugs headphones in, does the code display, “Headphones.have.%sinput.YES.”? I’m no programmer but wouldn’t that make sense?

  • j238

    I like Koss headphones & hate the ones from Apple. Ideally, some manufacturers will be on board with this. Otherwise, I’ll need an adapter.
    This presumes I’ll have an iPhone. Right now, I use an iPod Touch. My flip phone doesn’t play music.

  • tralalalalalala50

    iPhones pay compressed audio streams (mp3 et al.) ergo no headphones above $20 sound any different in a quiet setting. (headphones more $20 are engineered to reduce external noise).

    The lighting port can power devices and deal with signals to enable active noise canceling (the technology in >$200 headphones). If apple is able to actively noise cancel with the buds the iPhone 7 ships with, then active noise canceling effectively reduces $200 in cost-value from the phone.

    This is huge for consumers, because it means longer lasting ears and more comfortable plane rides :)