Microsoft patents a way to fit a 3.5mm jack in less than 3.5mm
It’s not exactly graceful, but if you’re a fan of the phono jack, there’s good news: Microsoft may still be one, too. After all, even when it abandoned mobile phones, it kept the 3.5mm jack on them for all that time. A patent has been published featuring multiple possible ways to fit a 3.5mm headphone jack into spaces on a device less than 3.5mm wide. It would involve aligning the receiver and transmitting pins on one side of the jack while keeping the jack snug with an expandable membrane that is rendered flush when not in use.