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New iPhone to Ditch Headphone Jack, Come With Better Camera (Report)

Get ready to buy some new headphones with you next iPhone: Apple is going to ship the iPhone 7 without a headphone jack, making it necessary to either use Bluetooth headphones or headphones that can be plugged into the phone’s lightning port, according to a new Bloomberg report.

On the plus side, Apple is looking to improve the iPhone’s already good-looking photos with a new dual camera configuration, according to the report. This means that the new iPhone will feature not one, but two lenses on its back. Both will take photos at the same time using different settings, which will then be combined by the phone. The result will look sharper, and especially improve shots in low-light settings.

Dual cameras aren’t entirely new to mobile devices: Both Huawei and LG introduced dual-camera phones earlier this year, and there are rumors that Samsung’s next flagship phone will spot two lenses as well.

Apple is expected to introduce a new iPhone in September. The phone will reportedly also feature a slightly tweaked home button, which will give users vibrating haptic feedback. But the omission of a headphone jack could easily be Apple’s biggest departure, as it will force many users to buy additional accessories. However, Apple will likely also sell an adapter to plug in existing headphones.

Apple has seen sales of the iPhone decline in recent quarters. In July, the company announced that it had sold 40.4 million iPhones in the quarter ending June 30, compared to 47.5 million iPhones during the same quarter last year. China is responsible for a significant portion of that decline: Apple’s business in greater China was down 33 percent last quarter.

 

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