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More than 200,000 people petition to save the 3.5mm headphone jack in the iPhone 7

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More than 200,000 people petition to save the 3.5mm headphone jack in the iPhone 7
It seems basically inevitable at this point that Apple will be officially killing off the 3.5mm headphone jack in the next version of the iPhone. The rumors are consistent enough that it's hard to ignore the idea anymore. We think it's a terrible idea, but Apple doesn't tend to listen to us ever, so that means the headphone jack will likely be removed.

We fully expected a backlash against the idea, and the mob is gathering well before the announcement of the device in the hopes that the collective can get Apple to rethink its (rumored) decision. A petition has popped up on Some of Us asking Apple to reconsider. The petition begins with a bit of trolling: "Apple is about to rip off every one of its customers. Again." And then, it moves into some more reasonable arguments that the move would not only force users to buy new equipment, but would lead to "mountains of electronic waste -- that likely won't get recycled" as users toss out old headsets that have suddenly become useless.

As of this publication, the petition had just over 217,000 signatures and growing. It's unclear how big this petition could get, or at what point Apple might respond (though we won't be holding our breath for Apple's answer), but it is obvious that people are not happy with potentially losing the headphone standard from the iPhone 7.

source: Some of Us via pocketnow

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posted on 08 Jan 2016, 13:01 20

1. joevsyou (Posts: 1038; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)

apple don't listen because people just buy it anyways.

Either way, let it die! Bluetooth is the future and plus they will just make lighting cable adapters and earbuds

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 13:06 37

6. TheWeasel (Posts: 403; Member since: 26 Dec 2014)

Bluetooth still has a ways to go before it can offer the same things a wired connection can.

And I'm sure no one is keen on: A. Buying a separate and expensive adapter just because Apple went their own way, and B. Buying a set of earphones that will only work with about 3 different types of devices instead of being universal.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 14:13 11

28. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Doesn't matter, this is just like with the iPhone 6 design which was leaked ahead of time and everyone called it ugly. Then it was released just as ugly as the leaks and all of a sudden reviewers found it elegant, well designed, and beautiful. They'll release an iPhone without the headphone jack and everyone will decry the move (other than the faithful who are already lining up the excuses) and then when it is released, all their talking puppet heads will bow down to the future of tech.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 14:59 6

35. marorun (Posts: 5029; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)

Reviewer get lots of goodies from apple so yeah they will change idea.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 15:22 4

41. AlikMalix (unregistered)

I stil think iPhone 6/6s is ugly. From protruding camera to beveled corners, antenna lines. But I love iOS more than android. And I do like full black glass in front and the sturdy feel of the iPhones since the iPhone 4 era thru the 6s - I do like those things. But the 6 is worst looking in my opinion - but I buy iOS devices because I like iOS in general. So those same people that thought the iPhone 6 was ugly bought if for iOS or switched. The media just like an ant - follows the other ant regardless of they say. If the design isn't popular - they trash it - if it sells and its popular - they praise it. It's a business to sell you anything you'd read - otherwise the national enquiror you see next to your grocery store register wouldn't exist.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 01:01

73. snatchlax17 (Posts: 51; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

I agree with you. I've owned a full gamut of android and apple devices and to be honest I like iOS for some things and Android for others. Not to tangent but I got back into iOS and although my old 4s got neutered by software iOS maintains itself over time far better than android. Oddly I enjoy both equally, for various things.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 22:13 1

69. NFSHesham (Posts: 283; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)

This is a whole different game
Design is one thing
Functionality is another
Functionality is more critical than design , people did not start petitions for the design and sure as ot many were affected by it . but losing the standard of sound is going to affected each and every one of us .l

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 11:08 1

90. Leo_MC (Posts: 2685; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

Why don't you buy a non-Apple product, if that's so important to you?

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 14:24 15

30. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Thing is this hasn't anything to do with making the iPhone thinner,it's all simply about squeezing even more cash out of apple fans. Their current 3.5 mm jack headphones won't work so they will be forced to buy apple proprietary ones,or a conviently available sold separately adapter from apple to use a 3.5 jack equipped headphone. No doubt apple will also massively market and push the purchase of the now needed "Bluetooth enabled" beats headphones on Apple buying masses. Expect the usual "resolutionary" style ad campaign glossing it as the new best thing ever. Apple has done similar using the lightning cable instead of the universal micro USB one,especially in the eu where the micro USB cable is LAW.They have with the lightning cable forced apple buying people into buying a proprietary cable with profits solely for Apple,large profits which I may add as the lightning cables sure do break easily. In store I've seen customer having to buy and replace them several times during the lifetime of their handset.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 15:36

45. kozza3 (Posts: 715; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

I could see them moving to a HiFi wireless solution that just so happens to be included in the new Beats headsets

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 01:32 1

74. romeo1 (Posts: 729; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)

Ldac is the best quality at the moment apple doesn't even have aptx support. But wired still wins.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 14:58 10

34. marorun (Posts: 5029; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)

Yeah lets pay for more adaptor or to change the headphone/earbuds..

My god ppl are so idiotic..

We dont need tinner phone we need bigger battery.
Its already tin enuf.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 17:09 3

53. belovedson (Posts: 1052; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

It's people like you and your oblivious statements that keep the general consumers from being properly educated.

Bluetooth is not the future, it's simply supplemental technology. Apple is simply pushing for a standard that requires their hands over the entire process.

Think about the lightning cable, they were intentionally wanting consumers to use Apple only cables. Soon changed that policy because of how ludicrous that idea was. However this business practice is nothing new to Apple.

Apple simply wants to control what you watch, listen, and possibly eat all for the sake of power and profit.
Android desire open platform and universal appeal yet some what controlled for the sake of security and profit.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 13:02 9

2. azalucel (Posts: 136; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

I bet we can get billions to protest apples existence with their overpriced crap that android phones from 2012 can still beat with features that dosent mean it will happen so stop with this crap already

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 13:07 4

7. nctx77 (Posts: 2401; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

Hmmm let see. Apple release the iPhone with no Physical keyboard and people adjusted. They removed disk drives from their computers and people adjusted. They did not adopt flash and the industry and people adjusted. They will remove the headphone jack and people will adjust. Time for you to find a new hobby besides hating on Apple. With their current position, I think they know what their doing.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 13:16 1

13. azalucel (Posts: 136; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

Im referring to their mobile branch, and honestly html5.1 and https2.0 needs to be forced on all web applications/browsers

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 13:17

14. Iodine (Posts: 1395; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)

That implies, people don't know what they want.

Somebody has to push forward.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 13:24 18

17. azalucel (Posts: 136; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

People dont know what they want they just follow the trends like blind sheep

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 13:33 16

19. GreenMan (Posts: 1819; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)

@Nctx77 Yup, they sure as heck know what they're doing... Ripping-off! Milking their dumb cows! Every single drop of milk in their cash cows counts for Apple...

You're one of them Cows. I fear lad... And you've my sympathy, foolish one...

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 14:09 15

26. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14522; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Apple dropped standard connections for hard drives for SCSI and it failed.

Apple chose to use FireWire over USB and it failed.

Apple tried to use Thunderbolt over USB 3.0 and it too has failed.

You when some you lose some.

Not ever trend apple set caught on. also phones were already heading towards have no physical keyboard so you can't credit Apple for that because their were device without cellular hardware that didnt have physical keyboards...like for example PDA devices.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 17:25 1

58. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Stop Techie. Should we start listing the many fails of Samsung?

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 02:39 4

76. tedkord (Posts: 14124; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

I have no doubt you will, though it has nothing to do with the conversation, because someone said something factual and negative about Apple, so you need to deflect.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 07:08 1

87. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)

Don't mind him, man. It's not a new thing about Mxy.

I'm sick of it.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 15:00 2

36. marorun (Posts: 5029; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)

Eventually they will hit a wall and thats day i will laught my ass off at all those Apple apologist.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 15:25

42. AlikMalix (unregistered)

And I bet those same billions wouldn't have bought an iPhone at all to begin with - don't ruin it for those that enjoy Apple products. Don't be a communist.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 16:47 3

51. quakan (Posts: 1398; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

Why waste time and effort with protesting? When people truly get tired of Apple, they'll stop buying like they did with Blackberry.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 02:40

77. tedkord (Posts: 14124; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

It's not about getting tired. It's about people wanting more options, and not being forced in a direction.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 11:16 1

91. Leo_MC (Posts: 2685; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

Is someone forcing you to buy Apple?
Go get a HTC and play with 3.5 mm headfones, IR blaster and NFC, while Apple buyers will envy you.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 03:56

99. tedkord (Posts: 14124; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

It doesn't affect me at all. But there are lots of iPhone users, and what's wrong with them sending a signal to Apple that they don't want this change? Why does people voicing their opinion cause some people pain?

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 08:46

102. Leo_MC (Posts: 2685; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

You have options and no one is forcing you to buy Apple.

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