Hey, Apple, leave that jack alone

The iPhone 7 may be missing a 3.5mm headphone jack when Apple releases the phone this year. A new petition begs the electronics giant not to switch to a Lightning jack.

You might not think an itty-bitty hole in a phone would cause much angst.

When that hole is the universal 3.5mm headphone jack, though, rumors of its demise are a major big deal. After all, nearly every wired headphone on the market plugs into this little sucker.

The iPhone faithful went through this sort of thing once before, in 2012, when Apple swapped its 30-pin charging connector for the 8-pin Lightning. Now Fast Company and others are reporting that headphones for the upcoming iPhone 7 will have to plug into that same Lightning port. Bye-bye, little headphone jack.

Apple's Lightning connector could replace the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7, according to reports.

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SumOfUs.org -- which describes itself as "a global movement of consumers, investors and workers ... standing together to hold corporations accountable" -- wants the Cupertino, California, electronics giant to know you're not going to take it. The organization has created a petition telling Apple to "Keep the standard headphone jack in your iPhone!"

More than 217,000 people have signed the petition so far, which had an initial goal of 210,000 signatures.

Apple declined to comment.

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