Apple has finally taken the plunge and removed the headphone jack from their iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones. This move by Apple follows a trend by phone manufacturers that has been in place for several years, namely removing the headphone jack to make way for additional features and technology such as larger camera lenses or increased battery life. Here’s what we know about why Apple removed the headphone jack, how it affects you as an iPhone user, and what you need to do to prepare moving forward.
History: Why Did Apple Remove the Headphone Jack in First Place?
Apple removes headphone jack in order to make a sleeker, lighter phone. They also wanted to use up less space. Apple states that their research shows that most people don’t use their headphone jack very often and they believe they can save space by removing it. Apple also believes that removing this feature will allow them to make the phone waterproof.
Although Apple removed headphone jacks from many of its products throughout 2017, it was not all for vanity. In some cases, Apple removed headphone jacks to lighten devices such as the iPhone 7 and 8. In other cases, Apple has replaced 3.5 mm ports with Bluetooth connectivity options like those on the iPhone 7s and 8s Plus models.
AirPods were announced, have a great W1 chip, and can connect with any device.
It was recently announced that Apple’s new phone will not have a headphone jack. In addition to removing the headphone jack, Apple introduced AirPods which are Bluetooth earphones. They work with a W1 chip and connect to any device, making them the perfect pair of earphones for apple phones. The most recent generation of Apple phones is already a marvel when it comes to technology. From different camera lenses, slow-motion video capabilities, and water resistance features, this is just another thing that makes these phones worth purchasing. Not only can apple phones now work without a cable, but they also feature wireless charging which is something that iPhone users never had before.
A repackaged EarPod will be sold for those who do not want wireless headphones.
Apple removed the headphone jack from their new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
In a departure from its tradition, Apple has chosen to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack, citing it is courageous and a huge step in technology.
Apple are planning on selling their own wireless earphones- AirPods, which will come with their own charging case that can connect to an apple phone wirelessly. The decision to get rid of the headphone jack was made because they feel that this move is necessary for future technologies. There will also be a repackaged EarPod for those who do not want wireless headphones but cannot live without music or podcasts.
The iPhone 7 can be charged without a cable, which eliminates the need for a 3.5mm jack.
Apple has been a trendsetter for a long time, and its recent decision to remove the headphone jack from their iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is no exception. With many Android phones already removing this feature, Apple is just catching up. In theory, the elimination of the 3.5mm jack will make it easier for consumers to go wireless with Bluetooth headphones or use their AirPods. The removal of an input device could also make room in future iPhones for other tech upgrades like a better battery or higher quality camera lens. Other theories suggest that removing the 3.5mm jack makes space for waterproofing circuitry as well as larger speaker drivers, which would be more efficient than using a smaller speaker to project sound through the phone’s metal casing. There are arguments against this theory because Apple made few improvements to the design of the new iPhone models aside from some external changes. Whatever your opinion on this move, you can’t deny that removing the 3.5mm jack creates one less obstacle in our day-to-day lives.
The change is reversible because there are only 2 phones without a 3.5mm jack so far (iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus)
Apple has made waves by removing the headphone jack from their phones in favor of wireless headphones. Many people are disappointed, because they don’t want to switch to Bluetooth wireless headphones, or they already have wired headphones that would no longer work with Apple’s new phone. This change is reversible because there are only 2 phones without a 3.5mm jack so far (iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus). In a market where people are getting used to and enjoying wireless technology, this is a big change for Apple. It’s possible that the design of these phones will make it easier for future models to include a port again. Some think this is part of an effort to make more money on accessories like wireless headsets. For those who still want to use wired headphones, some companies will offer adapters that allow you to plug your earphones into your Lightning cable – but if you lose it, it’ll be expensive!