Rumor has it that Apple is killing the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 – and it’s about damn time.
The next iPhone probably won’t have that 3.5-millimeter audio jack, which means that all your old headphones will have to connect either wirelessly or via the Lighting port. Or run the risk of becoming antiquated overnight. Sounds like Apple is f*ucking with us once again, just so that we’ll have to spend another 29 dollars for an adapter at the Apple Store.
But what critics are calling a hostile, arrogant and stupid decision by Apple is what I call “innovation.” If we want Apple to look toward the future, then getting rid of the headphone jack is long overdue.
Sure, the headphone jack may be the current standard. It’s used by not just smartphones, but by pretty much every type of consumer electronics out there. But just because something is widely used doesn’t mean that it’s not outdated. The 3.5-millimeter jack was first introduced by Sony in 1979, and the underlying technology actually dates back to the 19th century. So if Apple were to develop an iPhone today completely from scratch, it’s safe to say that this audio jack would not make the cut.
It may only be 3.5 millimeters, but getting rid of the headphone jack marks a big move toward a wireless future, a future that Apple is obviously trying to bring about.
It reminds me of when they changed the iPhone’s 30-pin connector to the Lighting port. Sure, those fugly speaker docks went out of style pretty quickly. But what’s interesting is that the audio companies didn’t replace them with Lightning speaker docks. Instead they all went wireless. And we went from this [fugly speaker dock] to this [beautiful wireless speaker]. So if you’re a company that makes corded headphones, your might want to get onto wireless. And you probably should’ve gotten started yesterday. That’s how the future works around here.
This won’t be the first time that Apple has abruptly gotten rid of a popular yet subpar technology. The floppy drive? The DVD drive? Adobe Flash? Sure, killing these off may have seemed like selfish moves at first, but they’re now used as classic examples of Apple’s innovative spirit. And Apple’s innovation will actually push crappy headphone companies to make better products, too. And through all this, Apple is willing to take the heat in order for all consumer electronics to get with the times. Or at least catch up to this century.
It’s going to be a little painful, I know, but at some point we’ve got to cut the cord. Next time you want to buy a pair of headphones, just make sure they’re Bluetooth.