With the likes of Apple, Motorola and Google taking away headphone ports from phones it is only a issue of time prior to most other makers observe, but a new patent has the potential to not only halt the tide, but see the headphone jack return to long term Iphone and Pixel handsets.
The patent, which was submitted by Microsoft again in August 2016 and spotted by MSPowerUser, describes a headphone jack which would be partially external and which would lie flat when not in use, but grow outward when it is.
That indicates it would just take up much less inner space than a typical three.5mm headphone port, and generating the most of the space out there or even more slimming down phones are two of the good reasons presented for taking away headphone ports from them, so this would largely tackle that.
The actuality that it would be flat when not in use also indicates it shouldn’t spoil the look of a handset, as the accompanying diagrams clearly show it lying flush with the again of a telephone, only bulging outwards when headphones are inserted.
A few feasible styles demonstrated by the patent contain a single with a versatile content that expands outwards in a single course when headphones are inserted, a further which is effective in the same way but making use of a difficult, pleated content, and a 3rd which would increase outwards equally over and beneath the body of a telephone.
Of system, as ever with patents we wouldn’t depend on viewing this in a product, particularly as Microsoft has seemingly stopped generating phones, but it demonstrates that there are solutions out there to the headphone issue, so it is feasible that we’ll see some thing similar from other makers.