do away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack on its upcoming iPhone 7, Intel has shared a similar desire, citing "industry singling a strong desire to move from analog to digital.
Intel believes USB-C is the future audio jack.
They believe USB-C has more potential than the 3.5mm audio jack as it
allows users to add additional smart features to headphones in the
For instance, a future pair of headphones could monitor one's
pulse or inner-ear temperature for fitness tracking, something that
could only be possible if the headphones were connected to a smartphone
via a USB-C cable.
What's also worth mentioning [quoted from 9to5Mac]:
USB-C already supports analog audio transfer through sideband pins
simplifying the engineering steps necessary to swap 3.5mm with USB-C in
In the second quarter, Intel should have a finalized
USB-C standard for digital audio transfer.
Intel does note that the
transition from analog to digital will be expensive as the headphones
have to include amplifiers and DACs, but scale will offset the early
costs over time.