How the iPhone 7 would look... if Apple was a democracy


The Apple iPhone 7 might drop the 3.5mm headset jack that has been a standard on phones and gadgets with audio in general for as long as we can remember. The change is said to force users to use wireless, Bluetooth-connected headphones or, alternatively, headphones that connect via the proprietory Apple Lightning port.

And the sheer possibility of such a move has caused a kind of outrage we have never seen ever since... wait... since those times when Apple dropped the CD drive in the Macbook Air, since the time we learned it does not support Adobe Flash in the iPhone, since the time... Let us just list some more: Apple was the first (or in some cases, not first in purely historical perspective, but first on a mass scale device that matters) to kill console-based UIs for graphical user interfaces, the first to kill FireWire in its iPods in 2005, the first to kill the floppy drive in the iMac, and the list just goes on. Each one of those moves was accompanied by a public outcry that had faded to acceptance and often to subsequent realization that the move was actually beneficial to the development of the industry.

We're not arguing the killing of the 3.5mm headset jack is such a move (it would depend a lot on whether Apple provides good enough wireless earbuds and whether the market will come up with enough affordable, decent quality Bluetooth headphones), but we would not rush to condemn Apple's drive to get us rid of wires in audio.

We're sure the discussion is just starting and we'll be hearing a lot more about this as the time for the fall 2016 launch of the iPhone 7 approaches, but in the meantime, we can just look at the wonderful sketch that always entertaining Joy of Tech have come up to show what the iPhone 7 would look like if Apple listened to all the suggestions and followed the rules of a democracy. Nice having MagSafe and MagSafe 2 on the same device, isn't it?


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54 Comments

1. boucha26

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

Apple always doing grate job....

13. Arte9000

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

Do not worry holocaust demon, apple will keep you satisfied

28. Pogma9

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 19, 2015

Didn't happen!!!

33. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

How can you deny such tragedy in the human history? I am sure you are denying the global warming too, because your religious beliefs are more important than real world. Go get a life.

56. Tsais

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 16, 2009

Global warming is a hoax to eventually start charging us for breathing.

46. ScrubAdubadub

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

boucha26 always doing grate job....

2. RajRicardo

Posts: 500; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

You forgot the app drawer. :/

3. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

No, there's a switch for it.

25. Acer_Predator unregistered

they forgot label lightning port

45. ScrubAdubadub

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

You forgot your face. :/

4. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

If that really happens, phonearena will give it a perfect 10.

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

A non-Samsung device that runs Android? They'd give it a 7, tops. :D

44. ScrubAdubadub

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

I LIKe cat

5. almostdone

Posts: 449; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Life is easier charging multiple devices and worrying about running out of juice. Oh why not add a stupid adapter just in case it gets lost or you forgot to bring it. hmm interesting...

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I can see chinese copycats doing that

7. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

I like the way Mr Cook smiles, a warmhearted face with plenty of affections. He should be working for Android, not this evil fruity demon.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31313; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wow lol. That thing looks like it could launch missiles.

17. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

What I don't understand is what the actual benefit of removing a feature from the phone would be. Can it not have great quality bluetooth headphones without it removes the jack? Can it not have high quality audio using Lightning Port earphones without removing the jack? Can it not be water resistant without removing the jack? Can it not have a larger battery without removing the jack? Others with less money and resources have been able to able to implement these features in less expensive phones, so why can't Apple do it? I don't believe this decision would actually benefit anyone other than Apple, and that's not good for us as consumers. Why take something away from your customers for no good reason other than to make more money off of them? What do you think Darkk? I think the new iPhone should be moving forwards, but this seems like a step backwards.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31313; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep, removing the jack is mos def a step back bro. Technology is advancing too rapidly, to have to make comprises like that. +1 to your comment.

34. Unordinary unregistered

You just contradicted yourself. I like you, but think for a minute and ask yourself a few questions. Don't think like these drain dead zombies lol.

50. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

48. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

2 Problems with Bluetooth:http://www.usb.org/developers/whitepapers/327216.pdfhttp://www.hp.com/rnd/library/pdf/WiFi_Bluetooth_coexistance.pdf I predict that apple wants to have so many Bluetooth devices that it jams 2.4GHz Bluetooth and because of that, people would be looking for a less congested technology, apple is going to then appear as a savior to all Bluetooth users and introduce a new proprietary tech. The proprietary tech will be incompatible with Bluetooth headphones. Apple is evil, But damn good at being evil.

49. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

1. Good quality BT headphones are expensive (Big DACs need Big PCBs and Big batteries and Big money). 2. Lightning jack would only provide more power. 3. Water resistance is easily possible with the 3.5 TRRS (TRS) jack. 4. Good luck with adding more than 5 mAh. PS: The 3.5 jack is not only used for audio (card readers, lasers (iPin), infared remote control, etc.) Most music is not actually 24 bit (32 bit audio for if you are insane) studio quality so it would not matter. only difference would be data rate for microphone and 10% less static for unshielded cables (only dirt cheap cables are like that) Anyone who does not think that you need a DAC (digital to analog converter) should be shot on sight and burned for their lack of knowledge of audio. unless that they enjoy hearing clicks and sounds much like dial-up internet speed up 200 times.

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Where's the Fleshlight support?! Damn Apple, they never listen to their customers!

10. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

The Apple iPhone 7 might drop the 3.5mm headset jack that has been a standard on phones and gadgets with audio in general for as long as we can remember. Clearly you don't remember very fay because prior to iPhone and Android, 3.5mm jacks were pretty rare. Nokia was only putting it in their N Series flagships, Sony Ericsson only gave you 3.5mm with an adapter only on their flagship walkman phones - and the others generally used their own proprietary connectors.

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

So? Don't buy the next iPhone. Those phones you mentions were never media-centric, thus omitting the support for a standard headphone jack. Only in the rise of smartphone where it can support hi fidelity media only had the time to put 3.5mm in their devices.

32. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Hmm. Xperia X1 and X10 both had 3.5mm connectors. Many of the other phones, while having propietary connectors, still fit 3.5mm jacks. A carry over from their MD walkmans. On some, only 2 pins for the mic are inverted.

12. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

You have always be that proud Mr.Cook

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

No IR blaster : fail No Wireless Charging : fail No MicroSD Slot : fail No USB-C port : fail No Analog TV : fail No S/PDIF, HDMI, eSata, DVI : fail

39. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Why would they need an IR blaster for? Would you be able to use calls while the phone is lay flat on the charger. Why should there be a microSD slot if they already offer a 128GB storage? USB C is a new tech where only a few android phones ever use class C port. Why the analog tv? Did any android smartphone or tablet ever used what you have said?

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