Grumbling about Apple's removal of the 3.5mm jack is selfish and backwards

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Grumbling about Apple's removal of the 3.5mm jack is selfish and backwards

What's the fuss all about?


So, Apple decided to get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack, starting with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus - a move that, for some unknown reason, made a lot of people freak out. We saw posts, articles, rants, (not funny) parody videos, and more - all of which built around the news of the absent 3.5mm jack. However, I honestly fail to see what the fuss is all about.

This is coming from someone who cares deeply about audio and music: the consumer's experience will in no way suffer as a result of the iPhone 7 not having an audio jack... and that's for a number of reasons. It's a well known fact that the overwhelming majority of users sticks with the earphones that come with the phone. And with the iPhone 7, there will be the EarPods, which have been redesigned so they can now work through the iPhone's Lightning port. And let me tell you the EarPods are fantastic earphones with very good sound quality and excellent comfort (for most people's ears) - those who tell you otherwise are simply ignorant. It's evident that nothing will change for most users out there, aside from the shape of the whole they'll be plugging their earphones in.

But, what happens if you do want to plug in your own wired earphones, a model that makes use of the universal 3.5mm jack? Well, if you have headphones that you really love and want to keep using... the truth is there's absolutely nothing to stop you from doing so. Each and every iPhone 7 or 7 Plus ships with a Lightning port to 3.5mm jack adapter, which allows you to connect whatever 3.5mm gear you wish. If you happen to misplace the adapter, Apple will sell you a new one, at the very reasonable price of $9. So, once again: what's the fuss all about?

Misinforming the audience


The thing about most people is that we are very good at adapting to new stuff, stuff being added, but we hate the thought of losing something we've gotten used to; something like the 3.5mm jack. This makes us uncomfortable, frustrated even, which is also true for consumers who aren't necessarily tech-savvy.

I have to say here that the media did a spectacular job these last few weeks at misinforming the general consumer. In an incredibly selfish manner, tech bloggers and the like blew the whole thing out of proportion, misleading people into believing that the iPhone 7, you see, will not have an audio jack to connect earphones to! Just this weekend, I had to explain to a couple of people (of the general user type) that there's nothing to worry about, and that there will still be earphones coming with the iPhone 7, which will work as they always have. So, congrats, fellow bloggers, you managed to misinform your audience.

'Backward!' said no great leader in history


Do you recall a decisive leader who ever cried "Backward!", as their army started trudging towards their goal? Nope, they all say "Forward!"... and moving forward means there's always something that you need to leave behind. Apple's aim is to stay ahead in the technology game, it wants to be on the borderline of what's possible (and useful, at the same time). Being there in a consistent and reliable manner means the company has to think ahead; it means it cannot afford to hang onto stuff indefinitely. It means that every once in a while, space needs to be freed up for the new tech and ideas to come in.

Clearly, wireless is the way to go, and the technology is now mature enough to deliver a reliable and delightful user experience. Just take a look at what Apple's doing with its new AirPods, as well as the upcoming new Beats models: pairing and connecting them is easier than it is with wired headphones! You take those out of their case and have them paired in mere seconds, without having to first go through the nostalgic process of untangling wires. You can also use them seamlessly across multiple devices, and you can take advantage of advanced features otherwise not possible through a 3.5mm jack... Being at the forefront of tech is exciting, but it also means sacrifices need to be made. True, advanced wireless headphones like those sold by Apple won't come cheap at first, but as the market for wireless audio starts growing, more affordable solutions are bound to pop up.

Critics are rushing to declare how this time, Apple doesn't have a convincing enough reason to drop the old standard, suggesting the company is so reckless, it's willing to kill standards for the hell of it. I have no inside information, but I'd rather assume there's some pretty solid reasoning behind the removal of the audio jack. Actually, Cupertino has already addressed some of the reasons for its decision, such as the desire to install a larger, more capable camera, as well as a battery of higher capacity – essential upgrades that will surely be appreciated by all consumers.

Protesting against the removal of an age-old technology, when we're at the dawn of something more convenient, is simply a demonstration of backward thinking and unwillingness to change. There's no need to get needlessly nostalgic over the loss of the audio jack - Apple's trying to push us into a new, wireless age, and I really can't find much reason to grumble about it.

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201 Comments

1. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

No, it's not.

15. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

To expand... What about the millions of people who have wired headphones or speakers? Ooooh, an adapter...that doesn't let you keep it charging or sync'd to your computer! Wonderful! "But wait!" you say, "there's an adapter that lets you do that!". Yeah, for $50. It's nothing more than moneygrubbing. FFS, not everybody can go wireless. The speaker I use at work is wired (Blutooth was more than I wanted to spend at that time). The speaker we used before was an old stereo with a freaking tape adapter. Why bother upgrading if we don't have to...or some moneygrubbing company forces us to? I'm 99% likely to never own an iPhone, but it still concerns me because other manufacturers might follow suit. And I like my cheap Sony earbuds. Discontunued, unfortunately, but they've got 16mm drivers which gives them deep bass rather than the tinny, weak bass you get from 13mm (and smaller) drivers. Why should I spend a bunch of money on wireless headphones (which I'd probably lose) when I can get good wired once for cheap?

34. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

They are just defending Apple con attempt. They know they can sale 200 million iPhones and give you a useless dongle which you can't charge while your using it, so you can buy a multi port dongle for $30 or more then multiply that by about 100 million that buys it. Then they know you will lose it, forget it when you travel, so you get to buy more. That's the point, plus you can buy new lightning cables and wireless earbuds. Apple is all about robbing their customers and iSheeps aren't the wiser. They can still sale Apple lightning headphones and wireless airpods without removing the headphone jack, if these products are better. They can sale themselves on merit, not on people buying because they need it due to Apple removing a standard feature.

113. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Bulls**t. Very few people charges their phone and listen to music at the same time and most of the people that does already have Bluetooth. People are simply overreacting, most of whom will never buy an iPhone.

118. Pabliell

Posts: 179; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

The moment I'm writing this reply I'm charging my phone and listening to music. Going to bed soon, but wanted to read and relax.

131. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

@Pabliell There's no point in flogging a dead horse, bruh. therealestmc won't listen to you, let alone understand the convenience of having both wired and wireless options in a device.

124. Furbal unregistered

What? Every road trip people charge and listen to music over wire

173. lyndon420

Posts: 6589; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Some of us like to plug our phones into our old boom boxes for tunes while working in the garage all day. Last year's phones could do that...now we need adapters to bring back the convenience we have enjoyed up until now. Sorry...it's too much like a step back in progress in my opinion and I don't see what anyone is gaining by this. And besides...we are seeing more and more batteries exploding lately and I'm not sure I want these little things in my ears just yet. Do these new airpods work on all the older iPhones?

154. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

Agreed. I just can't believe this article. It's pure Apple defender. And that "Forward" argument is so irrelevant. With or without headphone jack, people can still use wireless earphones. The iPhone 6 and 6S can use the Airpods just as good as the iPhone 7 while the 7 lack the headphone jack. This is not "Forward" It's Robbing the consumers by taking away a feature many people still using.

186. PhoneFix

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

iPhone Arena gays will be still happy if apple will install dildo on tbe back of the phone and they would be still happy with it

36. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Ray: As a fellow tech enthusiast, how dare you try to defend Apple here? Everyone here knows I love both Google and Apple, but even the most loyal Apple fans can agree they made a mistake. Let me explain to everyone why people are upset: 1. Bluetooth headphones do not match or beat wired headphone equivalents in sound quality 2. 3.5mm headphone jack is a standard across all key audio devices 3. You still can use bluetooth despite having a 3.5mm jack (Duh) 4. You are inconvinienced by having to charge bluetooth headphones daily 5. Quality bluetooth headphones are expensive! Even the most expensive ones don't sound better than far cheaper wired ones (I don't care what you say, this is a huge issue 6. Getting rid of the jack was a purely greed move by Apple and Beats. I could not believe my eyes when I read the ridiculous title.

44. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

7. On top of all that I already listed, Apple gave us a proprietary thunderbolt port, requiring 3rd party accessory makes to payout licensing fees to. 8. A fukcing Dongle???? From the same company who said "WHO WANTS A STYLUS" So let's recap. Gets rid of headphone jack, when bluetooth tech simply isn't ready to beat wired headphone tech: "Oh damn this sucks" Apple doesn't offer usb c port, which can become the next 3.5mm jack universally, but offers one proprietary thunderbolt: "Okay this really sucks" Only gives us ONE port: "Okay, Fukc Apple" The absence of the jack is the only reason i didn't purchase the iPhone 7. I channeled my inner techieXP with this post, sorry for being long-winded, but I'm very passionate about this.

66. Ultimodrew

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Let me be honest here... I agree with a lot of your points. But I do appreciate that they at least include the adapter so a wired pair you currently own will work with the phone. I would just keep it in the case that came with my expensive earbuds. My only gripe is that what happens when your phone is almost dead and you need to charge it, but you are also listening to music with wired headphones? You cant do both, unless you shell out $$ on top of the $$$ you are already shelling out for the phone. I feel people wouldn't complain as much if they pulled the trigger and finally added wireless charging.

99. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"But I do appreciate that they atleast include the adapter so a wired pair you currently own will work with the phone" So what? That's no compensation for the 3.5mm jack removal. The ultimate point is this: you can still use bluetooth/wireless headphones with a smartphone featuring a 3.5mm jack! It's a money move from Apple: to increase the sales of it's Beats headphones and make money from the lincensing the iPhone7's proprietary port to 3rd party accessory manufacturers. The licensing has already begun with the Belkin headphone. SMH

114. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

You have no room to complain as you have no apple products.

123. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"...you have no apple products" Do you have any evidence behind such a BOLD (or should I say a RETARDED?) claim? I buy Apple devices for my offsprings. And even if I do not use Apple products, I have the right to complain as a tech nerd. Who the hell do you think you are to dictate to people on what they should complain or not!?

141. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1312; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

That's because the last time they did not want to include an adaptor they were FORCED to include it for free.

174. lyndon420

Posts: 6589; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I'm surprised apple hasn't done wireless charging yet. What's taking them so long with this anyways because that would at least be a convenient option. I love my TYLT chargers and they are by far the best investment I've put into my phone aside from a case.

175. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

I just can't believe this article! TYLT chargers are great indeed.

157. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

Same thing with me. I wanted to upgrade my almost 2 years iPhone 6 to the iPhone 7 due to degrading battery life and looking for better camera. The removal of headphone jack and repetitive design are the reasons I'm not upgrading yet.

187. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

you forgot that said dongle also has DRM on it, as proven by previous people testing it with older phones and it getting rejected because the device was iOS 9, so it isn't 'just' a conversion issue.

200. Brewski

Posts: 669; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Because iPhoneArena. They have always been biased and will defend Apple all the way to the grave.

46. ChickenDinner

Posts: 30; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Best post I've seen in a while. I agree with all points.

162. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Me too. Valid and solid points. I can already see out raging android fanboys screaming like pussies...LOL I always like new technology. For new and advanced and more convenient tech I don't mind spending more money at all. This is how technology should evolve. Fanboys, like it or not it's happening. So STFU and RIP...!!!

65. ECPirate37

Posts: 301; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I agree 100%. I thought this would be one of those "Sponsored" articles I see on the home page. You mentioned all of the things I was going to mention. And I am curious as to where the "Well known fact the overwhelming majority of users stick to the original earbuds that come with the iPhone" fact comes from? Maybe NYC is different than the rest of the country, but I RARELY see anyone use the pre-packaged earbuds. Most people wear beats, skull candy, sony, or another brand. Let's be honest, Apple did this to make people have to be more engrained in the Apple system. They want people to have to use earbuds with the lighting adapter. They want people to have to pay to be able to listen and charge at the same time. And most importantly, they want people that use square, paypal, etc for payments on their phone, to have to pay a fee to make adapters for it. This is a cash grab, not "forward".

115. hwangeruk

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 14, 2016

Lebron, multi posting - dozens of lines. You've lost the plot mate. Bluetooth is adequate for many people, in many scenarios. You keep missing the point, that you can still used a CABLE , its just not a cable attached to a 3.5mm jack, its got a lightening connector on one end. You keep saying "you can use bluetooth whilst using a jack" why can't you do that now, you can use bluetooth and the lightetning connected pods. Its not a money move, the fact you refer to people as fanboys shows your immaturity. They have got rid of the 3.5mm jack, for internal space and to help with waterproofing. The article is spot on. Morons made a big deal out of it, when its a total non event for most people. In fact, Apple had lots of good stuff (for once) in their keynote, missed cos people like you are whining. Water proofing the Watch, with a speaker that ejects water! The dual nature camera of the 7 plus. And lots of smaller quality of life improvements. For example the new notification system and action centre are much easier to read for old people. Not a big deal to you, but really good for people who have sight issues. Wireless is the future, but you can still use a wire today if you want.

142. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"They have got rid of the 3.5mm jack, for internal space and to help with waterproofing" For more internal space? What has Apple included in the iPhone7 with the freed space off the 3.5mm jack removal? "You keep missing the point, that you can still use a CABLE, it's not a cable attached to a 3.5mm jack, it's got a lightening connector on one end". Oh, then why did Apple remove the 3.5mm jack, and replaced it with a lightening connector? Because, that's basically moving from one wired connection to another. But there is a difference: 3.5mm jack is an industry standard, lightening/thunderbolt is proprietary. 3rd party manufacturers will now need to pay a licensing fee to Apple, before being elegible to sell accessories for the new iPhones - because of Apple's proprietary port - but 3rd party manufacturers would have no need to pay it, if Apple had stuck with the 3.5mm jack in the new iPhones. That's why it's called it a money move.

150. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

The dumb thing is they removed the 3.5mm jack to presumably make space for the taptic engine to make the new home button click like a button when they couldve just continued using the home button like the other previous iPhones. "Innovation"

161. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Beats is owned by Apple. They had nothing to do with removing the jack. The removal of the jack isn't an issue. The problem is the new solution is the same. Its just a different connector. Everyone would have loved it if it lead to a better solution. It's still wired. The listening to the music from the port, doesn't sound better than the jack. It's sounds the same. So since the sound wasn't improved, the solution is identical, what was the point. Basically Apple took an spray can and changed the nozzle, but it still sprays the same. It's not that people don't mind change Ray, it's just with change should come better. When Samsung dropped sdcards, no one would have cared much, if they had increased the storage too 128GB or 256GB. But they didn't. Even though Samsung added wireless charging, they still kept wired charging. But they could have removed the port and just shoved a wireless charger in the box in place of a plug. But they didn't. Because wireless charging isn't better, it's the same thing just done a different way. But you get the choice of both. Ray you're trying to justify this BS move. You must be high!

170. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

The sad part is that the author really believes in what he wrote. SMH -__-

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