06 March 2019
During a recent conference, technology giant Intel has proposed that the 3.5 mm headphone jack is outdated and should be replaced with the USB Type C connector. The company says that the new port would allow multiple advancements on smartphones and other gadgets.
By replacing the 3.5mm headphone jack with USB Type-C, components like amplifiers and DACs could be changed from smartphone, and replaced with special multi-function processing units (MPUs) which are software upgradable, so device makers can add improved functionality over time. The USB Type C reversible connector can handle high-throughput data transfers as well as charge larger machines like laptops, which make the headphone jack seem outdated. It can also support additional functions like the in-ear headphones could be used to track health data, which would be compatible with various fitness trackers. Reportedly Intel is finalizing its plans for the USB Type C Digital Audio technology and will be releasing the specifications in the coming months.
Apple has been thinking of replacing the 3.5 mm headphone jack with the lighting connector for a while now in its upcoming flagship devices. Recently Chinese company LeEco has unveiled three new devices with the USB Type C instead of 3.5 mm headphone jack.