- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

With just one week to what is widely expected to be the launch of the anticipated iPhone 7, a French website claims to have documentation showing the new smartphone will accommodate up to 256 gigabytes of memory and will, as has been widely rumored, ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Technology news site TechCrunch reported the developments on Wednesday, citing the French-language site NoWhereElse.fr.

“Both iPad Pro models already ship with 256GB options, and rumor has it that the next-generation iPhone will start at 32GB of internal storage,” TechCrunch noted.

As for the earbuds, or EarPods, as Apple brands them, “A new leak spotted by Nowhere Else shows the hypothetic packaging of the iPhone 7 Plus. This cardboard leak shows that Apple could sell the iPhone 7 with Lightning EarPods, replacing the good old EarPods with a headphone jack,” reported TechCrunch.

It’s also likely that the iPhone 7 may come packaged with a headphone adapter thrown in gratis, TechCrunch said. “Apple loves to upsell you with expensive accessories. But the wound over the loss of the headphone port might be too fresh for this year. Maybe Apple will sell the dongle separately next year.”

Of course, even as Apple fanboys and girls the world over are counting down the hours to the September 7 Apple announcement, product development and refinement in the smartphone industry is never-ending, as is the churning of the industry’s rumor mill. DigiTimes.com reported on Wednesday that a Taiwanese manufacturer “will start fulfilling new orders for iris-recognition solutions in the fourth quarter of 2016,” stoking speculation that Apple may be looking to make a future iPhone unlockable with a scan of the owner’s eyeball.


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