While every other port on your computer has become digitized and smarter, the good ‘ol 3.5mm headphone jack has remained as a bastion of analog data transmission. But Intel thinks the time has come for its replacement, and it looks like USB-C.
As Anandtech points out, one of the talks at Intel’s developer conference in China revolved around using USB-C as an audio connector. Doing so would bring a number of advantages: potentially higher-quality headphones and audio output, more options for remote controls, and power for things like active noise-cancelling headphones, negating the need for batteries. It could also shrink the headphone components in a device, making more space for batteries or processors.