Microsoft’s latest patent features a 3.5mm headphone jack

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read
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There used to be a time when there was no doubt about mobile devices using 3.5mm headphone jacks. Today, though, it seems like the industry is trying to move past this type of technology and encourage consumers to become familiarized with new, modern solutions like Bluetooth headphones despite no one having a problem with 3.5 mm ports.

So, what’s wrong?

For someone that has never had a problem with these ports, all this can come off as strange. The reasoning given revolves around space,  with the 3.5mm headphone jack stifling the evolution of smartphones into slimmer devices. While this makes sense in a way, is it really worth ditching the port altogether?

Microsoft offers a solution

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While other industry leaders are advocating the necessity of leaving 3.5mm headphone jacks behind, Microsoft has recently brought into the fold a new patent that would help this technology survive while also allowing manufacturers to slim down on device width.

This new patent details the concept of a partially external module which would replace what is currently found inside the device when 3.5mm headphone jacks are installed. By moving the tech required for these jacks outside, it would not only allow manufacturers to make devices slimmer but grow in capacity when needed. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for this sort of innovation make its way through the market and if it will have the kind of success that would prolong the lifespan of 3.mm headphone jacks.

For more information, check out the patent details here.

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