Removing the headphone jack from the just announced iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will upset and anger a lot of people. But what Apple is doing is that the company is doing a lot of us, the consumer a favor. Apple is notorious in removing popular technology from their products, specially if they know that the longterm effect will benefit their users.
They removed and cut out serial ports, Ethernet jacks, DVD drive and USB ports, replacing them with a much superior and most of the time practical technology for the convenience of their users. When they remove DVD Drives from their Macbooks, this forced developers to provide digital copies of their software and gave way to the digital revolution of applications. When they removed ethernet jacks on iMacs and macbooks, then replaced it with wifi, this allowed laptops to be trully mobile, today ALL smartphone phones and laptops have Wifi, and I don’t anyone with a laptop that does not have Wifi.
Apple may be getting the backlash of a lot of people but let’s be honest, what Apple makes other manufacturers copy, and after the dust settle with the removal of headphone jack, manufacturers will be releasing their own smartphones sans-headphone jack.
By removing the headphone jack, Apple is also forcing the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) to significantly improve the Bluetooth technology, because as it stands most Bluetooth headphones are horrible and there are only a handful that provides great sounds, if not another technology company will come in and developed a different wireless audio technology that will be far better and superior to Bluetooth in anyway.
I’m not telling you to like the new iPhone, but what I’m trying to tell you is that for us have new technology the old must go, to give way to the new.
Last modified: September 14, 2017