Apple has confirmed that the iPhone 7 will NOT include a 3.5 mm headphone jack! Instead users will HAVE to use Lightning or Bluetooth headphones, both of which will be more expensive than a pair of traditional 3.5mm connected Headphones.
Apple tried to address the jack’s removal by stating these three reasons for its removal:
A Lightning dongle can adapt older devices
It frees up space inside the phone for other tech
It furthers Apple’s vision for better audio
A pair of Lightning earbuds, as well as an adapter for traditional headphone jacks, will be included in the box with the iPhone 7.
Basically, it’s not a stretch to say that in the short term, this is going to be a huge inconvenience for a lot of people as the 3.5mm headphones and jack is a technology that most users currently rely on and enjoy. Users know the 3.5mm jack is dependable and reliable so as the old saying goes, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it”. I understand in a way why they are doing this but it won’t be easily accepted by most users.
Getting rid of the 3.5mm jack does start to accomplish certain goals for Apple. It frees up more space inside the iPhone, which is supposedly already being used up for other tech (what tech I have not head yet), and it begins shifting technology as a whole away from an analog standard and toward newer, digital alternatives. Of course this also enables Apple to sell more Beats headphones which means more profits for Apple as Apple also owns Beats.
Using digital headphones that are connected by Lightning should be able to deliver higher quality audio than headphones connected over a 3.5mm jack. Of course, that’s been true for as long as there have been Lightning headphones, but now you’re just being forced to make that choice.
This quite possibly marks the beginning of the end of the headphone jack. Many will applaud, others will hesitate, and some will refuse to hop on board with Apple in taking the plunge into this new digital world. And it’s fair to see this as a step for technological progress.
At this very point in time if I was offered an iPhone 7, I’d hesitate about it as I do enjoy the 3.5mm Jack. But on the other hand, even I am getting on board (slowly) the digital and bluetooth train.
I can’t wait to see what else Apple has in store for us with the new iPhone 7.