Ditching the iPhone's 3.5mm headphone jack to make music better
There've been a lot of rumors over the years about Apple removing the 3.5mm headset jack in the iPhone 7. This year, those rumors, and are being taken more seriously than ever.
Jim Dalrymple, who knows his music and doesn't want anyone messing with it, brings up this point on The Loop:
Other companies, including HTC, have experimented with removing headset jacks before. If Apple does go 3.5mm-free for the iPhone 7, I expect it'll be for exactly the reasons Jim cites: better audio, and reclaiming the room inside the casing the current, 100-year old jack takes up.
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If they make this switch, I vote to get rid of lightning and just go with USB-C so at least there is a chance of having more options available in adapters and headsets.
- Ditched the 3.5" Floppy
- Ditched the parallel ports
- Ditched the dedicated Mouse and Keyboard ports
- Went USB Only Guarantee you that if Apple does this, everyone will scream bloody murder, and every phone manufacturer out there will follow suite within 2-3 years. Even quicker if they decide to go the USB-C route and drop lightening from their phones.
Some people need to be dragged into the future kicking and screaming and then they STFU when they look around 1-2 years later and notice that all the other smartphone manufacturers have followed Apple and done the same thing they did earlier. If Apple does do away with the 3.5mm jack, I'll bet you my iPhone Samsung will do exactly the same one year later. And then, miraculously, no one will complain or say a word. Rinsed and repeat....
Also, the lightning port (or USB-C ports) will be able to power the DAC and sound canceling features so you won't need batteries in the headphones.
I haven't tested this myself, but I've heard that the wireless charging is a great convenience but it takes much longer to get a full charge. Sometimes while traveling, afraid that my battery might crap out, I'll opt for a quick "top-off" when I can. Sometimes it can be just 10 minutes, but if I use my iPad charger, 10 minutes goes a long way toward a complete charge. Doing so "wirelessly" may not give the same boost. I don't know. Thoughts?
now Apple are doing away with the 3.5 jack and will charge $100 for an Apple version. MONEY GRABBING company who are just ripping off their loyal customers.
Unfortunately I don't have the USB port where I could use my lightning charger like my last stereo, nor does it have Bluetooth.
So I would lose the option to listen to my playlists on my iPhone, unless I upgrade the stereo.
Which that is my plan eventually, maybe before I am due for an upgrade.
With that said, I am no expert audiophile by any means.
But I have noticed, when I put the stereo on minus plugging in my iPhone to the 3.5mm jack.
There is a constant hum or buzz. So if Apples plan is to remove the 3.5mm jack.
And it is to improve the sound quality, so be it. I am fine with it. Because it is what is. I am not going to kick and stomp my feet, and go back to Android.
As I see it, I have been with IOS for close to 4 years.
And they have served me well, with very minimal issues.
I see no need to move away. The other thing is, I have all my music and movies from iTunes.
So it makes more sense for me to stay put. I am happy with the Apple ecosystem, despite some people's thoughts that they're sticking it to us.
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Besides apple selling more battery hump cases they will also create and sell lightning adapter fm transmitters for non-aux type vehicles
"It's been around forever and hasn't really improved how we listen to audio in a long time." Well, duh! A better headphone jack won't make things sound better. A better DAC, better headphone amp, better music sampling and other stuff all make sound better.
2) will be easy to lose If apple can charge the batteries wirelessly via BT while using them, so that you never need to plug them into a charger, then I might be ok with it, otherwise, it's not going to go over well If they come with magnetic holder, this might help prevent losing them. 3) if an adapter is required for wired headset use, it will only add bulk to the phone. This isn't just a change of a connector, this is dropping support for an industry standard wired connection for wireless that requires batteries. Again, if Apple can do this where the batteries are charged wirelessly while in use, ok, but not a good idea to do this with something that needs batteries changed or charged, with possibility of battery drained while on a call. At this point in time, if Apple were to do this with current tech, it would lower their customer service ranking, something I don't think they will go for. Sent from the iMore App