It looks like Apple is cutting its cords for good.
Tech experts believe the newest version of iPhones won’t have headphone jacks, ports or openings of any kind. Which means even the speaker holes used to pick up your voice in conversations will also be noticeably gone.
The good news is, the actual features the phone offers won’t change: you will still be able to listen to music, charge your phone and have conversations. But now you will be doing all of that sans cords. Although it’s worth noting that these changes aren’t official, experts just seem convinced they’re on the way.
“The technology already exists,” said Mike Gikas with Consumer Reports. “And without ports, smartphones can be slimmer, thinner and better able to resist damage from moisture, dust and other debris.”
So how exactly does one use a phone without any openings?
Well there’s already a growing selection of affordable Bluetooth headphones on the market, so your MP3 needs are covered off. To give your phone some juice, the next device will likely feature wireless charging, which usually takes the form of a small plastic mat you lay your phone on top of. Replacing the speaker holes, however, is especially interesting.
“You don’t need speaker holes, because on these phones, the display vibrates,” Gikas said. “Those vibrations are interpreted as sound by your ear.”
Needless to say, there might be a bit of a learning curve involved once you get your hands on the newest iPhone (assuming these changes are adopted). You can learn more about the next generation of devices in the video above.