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A Better Alternative to the 3.5mm Headphone Jack

By Avery Pacheco, 26/08/2016, updated on 21/01/2022

Nowadays, people prefer to a high performance handset with a fascinating appearance. Mobile phones are being designed to be as refined as work of art. Therefore, to some extent, a smartphone being thinner and thinner ever seems to be a potential tendency of a future phone.

Leaks are starting to pick up pace as the new iteration of iPhone is upcoming soon. Among all the rumors, one of the standout features that is highly likely to be taken to spotlight is that the anticipated iPhone 7 will eschew the original 3.5mm head phone jack for the reason of a thinner shape.

That would absolutely be a huge change in phone design not only for Apple devices but all the phones. As is known to all, each time when Apple unveils a new feature or launches a new iteration of iPhone. Many technology companies will follow and learn from Apple. As Apple is likely to remove 3.5mm headphone jack, there is a possibility that non-jack phone will gain popularity.

iPhone 7 No Headphone Jack

We thus are going to introduce you a better alternative to the 3.5mm jack, say, USB Type-C, which is a new connector shape supporting various exciting new USB standard like USB 3.1 and USB power delivery (USB PD).

USB Type-C is a USB specification for a small 24-pin reversible-plug connector for USB devices and USB cabling. With the design of both same ends, allowing for reversible plug orientation, it will function both ways, which means that you don't have to recognize the right side at first before using it as well as worry about plugging in the wrong side and making device broken.

Alternative USB Type C

Actually, quite lots of phones and tablets have adapted and used USB Type-C since 2015, which is also true of many new storage devices. Almost all devices that support USB 3.1 use the USB-C port. It means that they are also compatible to USB Type-C. The USB Power Delivery specification ups this power delivery to 100 watts. It also supports bi-directional power, so apart from charging the peripheral device, when applicable, a peripheral device could also charge a host device. Type-C USB will reduce the amount of wires needed to make devices work.

USB Type-C is able to transfer audio, video as well as authentication standard that prevents connecting issues or malicious devices from ruining system. Moreover, it supports a variety of protocols using "alternate modes", which allows you to have adapters that can output HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort, or other types of connections from that single USB port. The mess of USB, HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, and power ports on typical laptops can be streamlined into a single type of port.

Apart from what we mentioned above, USB Type-C enjoys other standout features:1. A voice prompts at the time you correctly plug it in a device.2. With the technology of USB Power Delivery, it's able to charge devices in terms of Computer, Communication and Consumer Electronics.3. It's featured by EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) and RFI mitigation.4. It supports up to 10 thousand uses.

USB Type C

Though there are plenty of brands of mobile phones. USB Type-C is currently mainly applied to Android devices. Many renowned models of smartphone use it, such as Samsung Galaxy Note 7, LG G5 and Huawei's P9. Though Apple does us it on its latest MacBook, it is more likely to stick with its Lightning connector on the iPhone.