A new report published by Japanese blog Macotakara suggests Apple may be planning to get rid of the 3.5mm audio jack on its next iPhone models.
The blog claims Apple is considering removing the 3.5mm jack in order to reduce the thickness of the iPhone 7 by a little over 1mm compared to the current iPhone 6s model. Apple will reportedly bundle the iPhone 7 with Lightning connector-equipped EarPods. Third party headphone makers will also need to offer lightning cables with their products or bundle a 3.5mm to Lightning adaptor to ensure compatibility with the iPhone 7.
Eliminating the 3.5mm jack should also help Apple make the iPhone 7 water resistant, just as recent rumors have been suggesting. The iPhone 7 is also rumored to come with 3GB of RAM and an all-new A10 SoC.