iPhone 7 rumours and speculations over the months have not only increased in intensity, but some predictions are coming to be widely accepted. It is being predicted that the upcoming Apple flagship will arrive sans the 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Cupertino tech giant may be deciding on doing away with it for a number of reasons. To begin with, dropping the headphone jack may shave off 1mm off of the device’s current thickness, allowing the upcoming 2016 Apple smartphone to be positioned as the sleekest iPhone ever. And of course, it gives the company the liberty to then play around with the design since many will be expecting some radical changes on that front.

So, even before iPhone 7 is announced, it appears that rivals may have already taken a leaf out of Apple’s book and worked on devices which do not possess the headphone jack. Case in point, the newly launched Le 2, Le 2 Pro and Le Max 2 Android devices announced by LeEco, as noted by BGR. The three devices, each possesses only a “microUSB (Type-C) wired headset support.” Tech aficionados may recollect that last year Huawei beat Apple to the punch and launched the Mate S with the Force Touch feature, only days before iPhone 6S with 3D Touch was announced.

This time around with another Chinese based manufacturer launching the handset sans the headphone jack could signify that rumours about the iPhone losing the 3.5mm jack, holds much water. However, as folks at Phone Arena point out that LeEco isn’t the first player in the market to bring out devices with no headphone jack. Fans may recollect that the Oppo R5 first arrived with the capability of only working with a USB headset.

Many fans have taken to different social media platforms to express their concerns over the probability of the Apple iPhone 7 line losing the 3.5mm jack. However, it appears that is the direction in which most manufacturers are looking to head. Well, there are still a couple of months to express our views before the iPhone 7 is introduced to the world.

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