The new Apple iPhone removes the headphone jack as it sells its new wireless headphones. And with one less hole in the iPhone design, we are offered a more water resistant, dust resistant future. But is there more on the way? Could Apple be leading us down the path to a completely wireless future with not even a lightening jack to plug into? Is the next iteration of the iPhone one that has no wires whatsoever and offers us complete wireless charging to power our iPhone and headset battery life?
The dropping of the headphone jack is not a new notion for Apple, five years ago they removed the cd/dvd slot from all macs. The idea of less holes must have been appealing to lead their engineers to look at the same thing for iPhones. Likely, the next generation of iPads will also eliminate the headphone jack, too. Removing these features help to make the units smaller and faster to operate. And extending battery life has always been of high importance to users.
So back to the headline, is Apple telling us to look for their devices to one day be wire free? It depends on how they plan to construct a workable wireless charging solution that consumers will embrace. But it seems clear that a complete wireless product is the next step for the iPhone and iPad product lines.