Technology giant Intel no longer sees any future in the analogue 3.5 mm jack plug into smartphones and computers. The future is instead in USB Type (C).
There is nothing has happened in a very short period of time of a change to the traditional 3.5 mm jack plug, which is implemented in well over all smartphones, computers and many other electronics. Jack has many, many years old, and now is the time to take one step further and change the perhaps last analog port out on much electronics to a digital substitute.
Therefore, Intel made a number of bids on what the future looks like for connecting the audio to the electronics. At Intel’s Developer Forum in Shenzen in China have the it giant, according to Anandtech kept up a position paper in which it appears that Intel sees USB Type C as being the future universal standard-not only on smartphones and tablets with Android and Windows, but on across all operating systems and manufacturers.
Intel believes that it is time for a more up-to-date solution that can accommodate fancier features than URf.eks. recording with microphones and managing music with buttons in headsets, which over time has been squeezed into the analog connectors. That is why the tone clear from Intel: Scrap the 3.5 mm jack plug and use a USB Type C instead.
Digital sound will be the future
Intel’s idea is that USB Type C-port will be able to allow for both analog and digital sound depending on the product that connect. The reversible USB Type C connector is equipped with two analog pins just to transfer audio and data, by analogy if necessary without affecting the data rate or other features in the standard.
Another reason why Intel is talking so hot for the abolition of the jack in favor of USB Type (C), is that the company is an important medpart in the genesis of the so-called USB Type-C Digital Audio standard, which right now is under preparation.
The work consists of making the standard for digital USB audio as easy and useful as today’s analog connection, but at the same time make it possible for headsets to use own amplifiers and DAC (digital-to-analog converter), which right now is to find directly inside the smart phone and the computer.
Headsets are even equipped with certain components can potentially get upgraded its software in the future, where the sound quality can be improved and the functionality can be increased through time. Digital headsets will, however, be a little more expensive to buy than analog, but the price can be reduced over time by increasing the production of components and by the technology gradually developed and improved.
The Jack vanishes in iPhone 7
It is expected that Apple launches iPhone 7 without the analog jacks, but it will be likely with Apple’s own Lightning-port as a replacement and not USB Type (C).
There will then be two different technologies in game when there will probably be purchased new headset in the future. The first Android-powered smartphones without 3.5 mm jack is beginning to be launched together with USB Type C-audio accessories, and if Apple takes first step, should be enough to seriously get push in development.