Apple said its lightning connector could be used instead, which would make room for other components. It will also promote the use of wireless earphones, and has released a set of its own called Airpods.
The firm said it had taken “courage” to take the step, reports the BBC. However, it risks annoying users who will now require an adapter for existing headphones.
The US company unveiled its latest handsets at an event in San Francisco following a year in which its phone sales and market share shrank.
“The current difficulties with the EU will have little bearing towards the iPhone 7 at this juncture,” predicted Ben Wood from the CCS Insight consultancy.
“But the dispute will drag on for years, and if sentiment turns against Apple that could have major implications for the brand.”
“For now, there’s a strong argument that the iPhone 7 is more than an iterative update.”
“Upgrades are all important to Apple and for consumers coming from an iPhone 5S or iPhone 6, the iPhone 7 will feel like a considerable step up.”