Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak speaks out against removal of 3.5 mm jack, says Nexus 5X is among his favorite smartphones

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak speaks out against removal of 3.5 mm jack, says Nexus 5X is among his favorite smartphones
Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs back in 1976 and left the company in 1985. He's still an engineer passionate about tech, who isn't afraid to criticize the company that he worked to start over its current direction choices.

In a recent interview, given to the Australia media Financial Review, the Woz gave his opinion on the now prominent rumor that the iPhone 7 will be lacking the universally-used 3.5 mm headphone jack. In case you aren't up to date on this — there is a ton of rumors and leaks from various sources, claiming that Apple will omit the jack from its upcoming flagship, and users will have to use special headphones that only connect to the Lightning port if they want to use them with the handset. There are talks about a Lightning-to-headphones adapter, too, but it's yet unknown whether it would be included in the iPhone 7's box, or if it would be sold separately. Though, with Apple's track record on accessories, it's very probably that it would be the latter.

Steve Wozniak's take on this design choice is that it will alienate fans of the iPhone and will lead to customer backlash. He also commented that he's no fan of wireless audio, as Bluetooth sounds flat and lifeless with the current tech, and said that advances in the field need to be made before the omission of a 3.5 mm jack is even considered as an option. He continued to lament the fact that his headphones with custom ear implants, which he enjoys very much, will now need an extra adapter attached to them to work with an iPhone. Sure, it's maybe not a huge pain to keep the adapter permanently attached to the headset's cord if all you use it with is your iPhone, but if it's a favorite set that gets plugged in a variety of your devices, having to remember to always bring that Lightning-to-headphones gizmo can get tedious.

On a slightly different note, The Woz continued to say that he is currently enjoying USB Type-C very much and that Apple should follow “the lead” of its competitors and implement it. The reasoning behind his feeling wasn't explained thoroughly, but he shared that one of his current smartphones, the Google Nexus 5X, is given “a higher level” just for having USB C.

Wozniak is far from the only person on the Internet to be against the apparent lack of a headphone jack on the new iPhones. Ever since the first rumors started circling the Web, tech fans worldwide voiced their irritation at the design choice, and Apple competitors are already mocking the omission of such a basic feature. Well, Apple does what it does, we all know that, but we wonder if Woz's prediction of a backlash will actually come true, and if Cupertinians will choose to change course because of it.


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37 Comments

1. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

@#$% anybody, not just Apple, but anybody that does away with the headphone jack. It's the opposite of convenience and merely a ploy to sell adapters and blue tooth accessories.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Right! That's Apple's shenanigan to milk it's iUsers, and also to recieve royalties from 3rd party manufactures, because of it's proprietary port.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Apple's new strategy to make money is off of accessories. Their products have all stopped growing and therefore, they are trying to milk the user base as much as possible instead of seeking new customers from competitors by actually competing.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7363; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Woz commended the USB-C on the 5x. I know many smartphone have adopted it now. I think Apple should change over to USB-C instead of using their lightning port. Besides Apple already uses USB-C on a number of their macbooks already. If Apple continues to use their exclusive lightning port, then we all know it's to control their herd, and make more money their on accessories.

23. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

perfect comment right here. i remember when i went in apple store 5years ago and i visited store this weekend, not much has changed. i dont care much about apple, all i care samsung needs some competition so we as customers get prices down and there is more innovations in every model.

2. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

The great Woz, those times when apple designs are for convenience and not for extra profit on accessories. Just let Tim Cook run the show so you can tell him in the future "See? Told ya."

3. Joulukas

Posts: 115; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

Aa a gadget fan I hope Apple will pick up is pace and starts to bring awsomness back to market. The fact that "They are making money, why improve on working model" is not really what Apple stands for. As a Android user, I am eagerly waiting time, when I dont just have to pick amongst Android devices, but will seriously have to consider Apple products.

4. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

What can we say it's one of Apple 2016 innovations. :)

8. Pabliell

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Unfortunately, it isn't. LeEco already has devices without headphone jack, same with Lenovo/Moto and Oppo. I hope other companies won't make the same mistake.

9. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

At least there's the USB C dongle but a bit unecessary for the Moto Z Force. Still waiting to see if Apple really did do away with the 3.5mm jack and if so will they be including an adapter in the box.

21. lyndon420

Posts: 6787; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

The very first Android phone didn't have a dedicated headphone jack as everything was done through the one mini USB port...it's the one 'feature' I hated with a passion.

31. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Lol, you do realize that i am being sarcastic here.

6. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

just don't price these accessories soo sooooo steep!!

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bad move, hopefully they supply adapters in the box, but I doubt.

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, I must be the one person who doesn't really care about the headphone jack. As far as I'm concerned, they should do away with that and the lightning port and have everything wireless, from Bluetooth headsets to wireless charging. I just think that having holes in your electronic device that are no longer necessary is a bit ridiculous.... just my personal opinion, I know many people feel differently about the subject matter though.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My main issue with it is, them taking it away, and making us pay for adapters (possibly) I also dont like that it means, I can't use my expensive aux jack cord, to play music thru my car stereo (without an adapter) We'll have to see how it goes, but why take it away in the first place? It's very convenient to have.

33. AlikMalix unregistered

DJ, my EarPods that came with he 6s are still I their clear box - never been touched. I started using BT headphones since my 5s days and never looked back. My truck (and I assume your corvette) also come with USB port that also work like auxiliary ports but better because your dash can now control your phone. It also comes with BT, but I rarely use that (I got a habit to charge my phone when I drive). Scott, I know I'm iPhone biased, but I will not miss my 3.5mm Jack - it's currently unused anyway.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good point bro, so are mine. I just like the convenience of having that jack. My Vette has Bluetooth, but I disconnected it from my phone from, cause it auto connects for calls, and drives me nuts. You made a good point.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Do you think it's being done due to possible ip68 waterproofing?

28. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I don't think so, since you can have IP68 waterproofing while still having aux ports, charge ports and even a slot for an S-Pen. We'll see how this goes with the general public if the iPhone 7 comes out without the port.

27. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

The "holes" in our current devices are there for compatibility.... "wireless everything" is not yet practical for everything. One example is wireless TV Out... which is ok for sharing pictures with family.... but watching full length movies can become choppy.... and gaming is a no-go due to latency. To be honest, I love Bluetooth for Audio... true, it doesn't sound as rich as good wired counterparts, but it is extremely practical on a daily basis... However, all things wireless consume more battery life. Wireless charging for some devices is finicky and slow. In my opinion we are not as advanced yet to entirely remove all physical ports from our devices... To this day we haven't even agreed on standard wired connections, let alone wireless... (read: Apple USB & NFC)

13. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Hey darkk.....give me the low down on the Note

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Very refined, toned down Grace ui. Better battery life than my Note 5 so far, by around 13% very good Palm rejection software, no accidental screen presses, much smoother keyboard as well with haptic feedback on. The browser has been greatly improved, it's more stable, and now has a tap back to the top feature (which I complained about), as well as a scrollbar. I'm still exploring it bro, I also love that picture albums can be stored on the SD (before they defaulted to device storage. So far, it's smooth, but it will lag here and there (it is a cell phone after all). Really sweet device bro. More to come.

20. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Good deal......still debating....should i get it or wait till the s8..... how do you like the curved screen

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I love it, it's subtle, and enhances the look greatly. Give it a try, you have 14 days bro.

29. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Nice honest assessment. I'm due up for an upgrade on my Sprint line, upgrading from Note 4 (still eligible on 2 year contracts) so I'm seriously looking at the Note 7 (already have a Note 5 and S7 Edge on my T-Mo lines).

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bad ass device. Try it out.

10. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Nexus 5x eh? The 6p is the better device overall if size isn't an issue.

16. Acdc1a

Posts: 473; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Size...PRICE... 5X is a $200 device and more than suits most users' needs.

24. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

not everybody likes giant phone.

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