28 Apr Soon Your Phone 3.5mm Audio Jacks Replace with USB Type-C Connectors
Yes, you heard it right. Now, some of the major tech companies are focusing on USB Type-C digital audio technology. As you know that, LeEco has recently launched USB Type-C digital headphones for its LeEco’s Le 2, Le 2 Pro, and Le Max 2 phones.
We have been hearing the rumors that Apple’s next mobiles will come without a 3.5mm audio jack. It will only have a USB Type-C port which will also act as an audio jack connector.
Not only an Apple to take this big step, another tech giant, Intel is also planning to remove the 3.5mm audio jack in favor of USB Type-C. At present, Intel is finalizing the USB Type-C Digital Audio technology and plans to release its specification later in Q2.
Why are companies moving to USB Type-C Connectors?
We can say two strong reasons for your question. One is, phones became smarter, today’s smartphones are used for all sorts of different purposes and you can also connect these smartphones to a variety of devices, which requires high data speed. So, if you want to connect your mobile to more external devices, sophisticated interconnection technologies with high data rates are required. This will result to change the design of the motherboard.
The second one is, tech companies are also focusing on the size of the devices. To reduce the thickness of the device, companies have to simplify some of the internal design. So,it gets harder to install multiple ports for various purposes. That is why they are experimenting on a universal connector that supports audio, charging and other external devices.
What are the advantages of USB Type-C Digital Audio Technology?
As we said above, companies want to minimize the size of the motherboard to reduce the thickness of the smartphone or device. And the big problem is, 3.5 mm jack supports only analog functionality. You can get a digital connection on USB-C which gives fine-tune audio quality by rather than by replacing your phone.
The idea of having a single port on smartphones that you can use plug in headphones, to charge your device, connect it to a computer, or external devices like USBs, Hard Disks. Anandtech describes some points on USB Type-C digital audio technology. You can check the above images to get more information.
On the other hand, what happens if you want to listen to music while charging your phone? Do you need to plug your phone into a USB hub? So, what you think about it? Let us know in the comment section.