iPhone 7 – Why losing the 3.5mm jack is a big problem for card readers

Erald,  September 20, 2016


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Since its announcement, the iPhone 7 has caused a flurry of excitement for Apple fans. Around the globe, lines have formed outside of Apple stores days before it’s full release. So much so that people were auctioning off their space at the front of the queues of Apple stores for up to $3,000 dollars. See more here.

What’s not to love about a new iPhone release. The new iPhone 7 boasts some incredible new upgrades to its camera, processor and battery. The iPhone 7 plus and Jet Black version of the iPhone 7 have reportedly sold out already.

This may come as quite a surprise to most people seeing as it was predicted that the iPhone 7 would flop due to it’s frightening similarities to it’s predecessor, the iPhone 6S. The other major change which shocked a lot of people was their decision to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack. The mobile now only has the standard lightning port. The move was controversial and the reasoning behind it was to make way for improvements to the internal system. It was a decision that was described as “courageous” by Apple CEO Tim Cook. Read more here.

Apple are supplying a lightning to audio adapter with every iPhone 7, a small wire that will give you the ability to plug in your old 3.5mm headphones to your new phone. You will still be unable to charge your phone and listen to music at the same time however…unless you buy a split adapter like this one:

But at that point, you’ve already gone too far.

However, not being able to listen to music whilst you charge your phone is the least of some people’s worries with this new change. The mobile card payments industry is concerned that this change will affect the way users will potentially use their card on these new devices.

With most card readers needing to be connected via a 3.5mm jack, the new change means that these devices will no longer be fixed to the mobile device but connected via a separate cable. People are always misplacing the current lightning cables, it’s very likely that it will be same for this new mini adapter. No adapter = no way to connect your card reader.

It seems like most payment providers are jumping ship on the 3.5mm and opting for Bluetooth connected readers only, foreseeing this change. Bluetooth is known for not being the most reliable technology, so whether this is a good move is yet to be seen.

SmartTrade App doesn’t require a card reader, so the changes will not affect any of our customers.

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