Intel Wants to Ditch 3.5mm Audio Jack to Promote the Move from Analog to Digital
Last year, rumors started making rounds on the web that Apple was planning to ditch the typical headphone jack with its upcoming iPhone 7, apparently leaving users to connect through the Lightning port. Now, it turns out, the Cupertino based company isn’t bucking the trend on its own.
Intel has floated a proposal earlier this month at its Shenzhen developer forum, detailing a way to replace the legacy 3.5mm audio jack from audio sources with newer connectors such as the USB Type-C.
As for why the 3.5mm audio jack deserves this fate, Intel argues that it is a single-purpose analog port on digital devices which seems particularly out of place when fared against the Thunderbolt 3 port as the latter can supply power to devices, transfer data, and even output video.
According to the chip maker, adopting USB-C port won’t only drive the move from analog to digital, but also ensure better quality and greater functionality thanks to the higher power output.
Furthermore, it would allow manufacturers to achieve a thinner profile on their devices; and on top of that, this could even support features like an onboard thermal sensor, which could be used for tracking health and fitness data.
While Apple and Intel are currently planning to do away with the 3.5mm audio jack, Chinese manufacturer LeEco has already released three smartphones with USB Type-C-only audio.