If reports are true, Apple may soon change the way you listen to music on your iPhone. According to 9to5Mac (via The Verge), Apple has shared new specifications to manufactures that would turn the phone’s Lightning port into a headphone jack.
The possible upsides are aplenty: the Lightning port would apparently allow for a higher quality audio output and be able to power accessories like noise-canceling headphones. What’s more, The Verge speculates that ridding the device of its current 3.5mm audio jack could allow for an increase in battery capacity.
The downside, of course, is that everyone would need to purchase new Apple headphones that would work with the Lightning port. Perhaps this is where Apple’s new acquisition of Beats Electronics comes in? It is worth noting that consumers wouldn’t need to upgrade their phones; a simply software update could turn the Lightning port into an accepted audio output.
Apple has yet to formally comment on the reports, nor is there any sort of timetable for this technology’s formal rollout.