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Digging through iOS 9.3 code may have just revealed a key iPhone 7 detail

Published Jan 20th, 2016 9:47AM EST

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The most annoying iPhone 7 rumor going around is that Apple will do the unthinkable and ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Many existing iPhone users are outraged about the unconfirmed rumor, as one petition indicates, but that doesn’t mean Apple will avoid going forward with this move. In fact, there are plenty of good reasons why ditching the old headphone standard is a great idea for Apple.

Of course, we’re a long way from finding out whether this year’s brand new iPhone family will lack a headphone jack, but some digging around in new iOS 9 code seems to indicate that will indeed be the case.

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A reference in Apple’s recently released iOS 9.3 beta software – ‘Headphones.have.%sinput.NO.’ – was discovered by jailbreaker @kyoufujibaya, which seems to be related to the iPhone 7 rumor. Even so, there’s no confirmation from Apple regarding these particular iPhone reports – various sources have claimed that the 3.5mm hack is going away for good.

But if this particular iOS reference indeed points to a jack-less iPhone, so it may be safe to assume the iPhone 7 will not have one. After all, why have that particular code in iOS right now?

In case the jailbreaker’s name looks familiar, that’s because he also revealed recently that Apple is working on Li-Fi technology, a new wireless Internet standard that would make wireless transfer speeds much faster than anything we have today – Li-Fi will be 100 times faster than existing Wi-Fi connections. Even so, it’s still too early to say whether the iPhone 7 will support Li-Fi speeds. Even if it does, it will obviously require compatible devices for Li-Fi to work.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.