With the fall Apple event only weeks away, rumors persist that Apple plans to eliminate the headphone jack in favor of headphones that use the Lightning connector. Leo says it's been tried before. The Motorola Droid Z didn't have one. Leo says that people want a headphone jack and this is going to be a test of brand loyalty. But Steve Gibson says that using the Lightning connector could pave the way for Apple to add noise cancelling earbuds to the design. It could also transmit data like measuring blood pressure while you're working out.
Noah wants to know if Apple will go to USB Type-C connectors on the iPhone or iPad. Leo says no. They just moved to Lightning connectors on the iPhone or iPad. They did put USB Type-C on its MacBooks, but don't look for Type-C on iOS any time soon.
Kevin is annoyed that Apple is charging $20 for the Lightning connector. Leo agrees, but he can get a better deal at MonoPrice.com. The cheaper ones only charge devices, though. He'll want to look for a certified Lightning connector, and he can get them for about $12 at MonoPrice.