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A new iPhone 7 leak hints at an Apple U-turn

They just can't make up their mind

A new iPhone 7 leak hints at an Apple U-turn
21 June 2016

You put your headphone jack in, your headphone jack out, in, out, in, out, shake it all about. 

This, in short, appears to be Apple's approach to the audio output of its upcoming iPhone 7.

While rumours have been mounting that Apple's next handset would be ditching the standard 3.5mm in favour of outputting audio through its slimmer Lightning port, a new report from Japanese site Mac Otakara suggests that the latest reveal of third party audio accessories would suggest that Apple has had a change of heart:

"At Computex Taipei 2016, many manufacturers showcased their new Lightning audio adaptors, and it seems there has been rumors that the EarPods with Remote and Mic to be included with the new iPhone 7 series will still come with its own headphone jack as usual, and that a Lightning headphone jack adaptor will also be included in the package," explains the site.

This could point toward Apple nudging users gently toward the adoption of Lighting headphones, giving users the option of both old- and new-school audio outputs before they switch to Lightning-only for future handsets. But that's not the only new audio rumour from Mac Otakara

"Furthermore, rumor also has it that the row of holes on the base speaker will be located on both the left and right sides, and it will be equipped with 2 speakers on a monaural system.

"There are also rumors that the 256GB model will be included, the same as with the iPad Pro series, however it seems unlikely that there would be any changes to the high-capacity lineup."

We'll have to wait until September to see what Apple has in store. That, or for a photo of the latest test model to crop up in some dingy forum...