Here’s Why Apple Said Goodbye To The Headphone Jack

Maybe they know what they're doing.

May the iPhone headphone jack rest in peace.

Yesterday, Apple confirmed the rumour that with the release of the new iPhone 7, the 3.5mm headphone jack will officially retire.

The announcement sparked debates across the globe via Twitter and every Facebook comment section that highlighted the new feature. Some agree with Apple’s decision, reminding the public of the adapter plug-in that will make your headphones just as useable. Others were more on the defensive side, cursing the company for killing off such a vital characteristic.

But give Apple a little credit, as they designed the custom Lightning port to supply a greater amount of power to the headphones, that the traditional 3.5mm jack we all know and love could never accomplish. And yes, the average music listener will be able to hear the difference.

Apple executives also believe that headphone jack is totally outdated, and it’s about time for a change.

Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, sat down with Buzzfeed, and explained why the new model and the classic virtue decided to part ways.

“We’ve got this 50-year-old connector — just a hole filled with air — and it’s just sitting there taking up space, really valuable space,” he says.

Riccio, who has been at Apple since 1998 explains that he is entirely on board with the company’s wireless declaration. “It was holding us back from a number of things we wanted to put into the iPhone. It was fighting for space with camera technologies and processors and battery life. And frankly, when there’s a better, modern solution available, it’s crazy to keep it around.”

Riccio’s implication rings true, as the world has been adapting to modern technology advances for centuries. Remember WalkMans – what we used to stick out headphones into before the iPhone existed? We seemed to forget about those as soon as MP3’s and Napster came to be.

Plus, the update allowed for the device to gain water resistant status, something the iPhone has never accomplished before.

Though the new technology does have a downside: it’s price point. Wireless earphones can cost a pretty penny, and Apple is charging $159 on top of the price of the phone, for their own AirPods.

Apple is hoping their controversial update will directly revitalize third-party headphone makers, and other smartphone companies, and encourage them to get on board.

At the official launch event Wednesday, VP of marketing, Phil Schiller said the company’s decision to cut the headphone jack was fueled by “courage”. What are your thoughts?

Main image courtesy of William Hook Via Flickr.