Why did Apple move the headphone jack to the bottom?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by thiagos, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Dec 20, 2007
    NYC (Manhattan)
    I was just wondering why Apple moved the headphone jack to the bottom of the phone.
    At the gym, it makes it impossible to put the phone on the treadmill, when typing a text the headphone is in the way, I have the Bose headphones which have a flat connector, when I try to connect it to the charger, it is in the way.
    Why the change and purpose?
    I honestly don't like it.
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Feed Me

    Jan 7, 2012
    Location Location
    I prefer it

    It means that the phone sits upside-down in my pocket, so when reaching in to pull it out, it's facing the right way up by the time it reaches the retina-reccomended viewing distance of 12 inches from my face.
  3. macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    I prefer the jack on the top too !
  4. macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2010
    Paris, France
    Internal space seems like a plausible explanation.
  5. Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I prefer it on the bottom as well for the same reason.

    Do you have a measuring stick attached to your head so that you're always holding your iPhone exactly 12" from your face? I do. I'm hardcore.
  6. scaredpoet, Nov 6, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2012

    macrumors 603


    Apr 6, 2007
    Ease of construction, most likely. The lighting connector and headphone jack are now a single assembly component, that together with the mic, speaker and Wifi antenna, interlock into a single module. Makes it easier to put the phone together when you have one part that does multiple jobs, instead of multiple separate parts on the top and bottom. It also takes up less space internally.

    Personally, it doesn't matter to me. I hate headphone cables in general, and have used bluetooth headphones since the iPhone 3GS.
  7. macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Angle the connector outward? Apple made it on the bottom so when you take out your phone with headphones in, the screen is in the correct orientation. Otherwise, the screen is facing towards you and you need to turn it.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Feed Me

    Jan 7, 2012
    Location Location
    I too used the stick for several weeks, but much like removing the stabilisers from a bicycle, I am now able to gauge the distance myself quite accurately.
  9. Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I, too, am now able to gauge the distance myself quite accurately, but I still prefer to use the stick. That way people who see me will know that I have a retina-type screen on my phone. The looks of jealousy that I get......
  10. macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    I prefer it on top as pretty much every phone on the planet has. I think the number of people who connect to a car stereo far outnumber kids walking around with earbuds and an iphone in their pocket. The jack on the bottom means the phone has to go into a cup holder or wherever you put your phone upside down and it sucks.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Sep 15, 2006
    For me the cable always dangled in front of the screen and got in the way. I love that it's on the bottom as well.

    Second, my last iPhone had "water damage" from rain falling into the headphone jack. I don't have to worry about that anymore. Apple gave me a really hard time replacing it even though it was the only sensor faintly triggered.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2008
    Rockland/Manhattan/Bay Area
    it's also better that way so when your headphones are plugged in and u want to take a quick picture, the earpod wire won't get in the way
  13. macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    Me too, but you're probably being sarcastic since we are in agreement.:p
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2010
    Parts Unknown
    I'm going to again register my preference for the jack on the top. It is voting day after all :) I use a pouch for my iPhone and in my pocket and in the car, the jack on the top works better for me. I now put my phone into the pouch top down and it isn't that big of a deal but I did prefer the headphone jack on the top.

    I'm going to save everyone the effort. Good story bro! ( I am referring to myself of course)
  15. macrumors 68020


    May 21, 2010
    Like others have replied: they changed the location of the jack because I prefer it.


    But seriously, I'm sure there were space reasons for the designers, but it actually is more logical to have it in the bottom. If you're listening to the headphones and using the screen, having the cord come out of the bottom keeps the cord from draping down over the screen. Also, when pulling out of a pocket, since the home button is on the bottom, the most logical place to grab the phone is from the bottom. If the jack is on the top, the phone has to be put in a pocket bottom first which makes pulling it out a two step process of pulling out and flipping around so you're holding from the bottom.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 4, 2011
    Ohio, US
    The change of layout of internal components with the lightning connector is probably the main reason. Also, it brings the iphone into line with the ipod touch, which already had the headphone jack on the bottom.
  17. macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    It's nice that all the cables come out of one end. It was extremely awkward to place when charging and playing audio at the same time.
  18. macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
    Don't have an iPhone 5 yet so not sure if I'd like it after trying it out. In theory I don't like it. Can't stand up phone and use headphones when skyping.

    Also, when charging, my charger is in the opposite direction of where my head is so it creates a nice line of cable from charger->phone->head. And I'm not sure how you guys take the phone out of your pocket, mine usually goes in facing upwards and I take it out in a way where I don't have to "flip" it to the right side :S
  19. macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2012
    I prefer it on the bottom as well...makes total sense to me. when its in my pocket it is always top down making it a natural movement to take it out of my pocket ready to use...
  20. macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2012
  21. macrumors 604


    Jan 8, 2012
    I still have a 4S but the cord constantly dangles in front of the screen when I'm lay down. I'd think I'd prefer it on the bottom.
  22. macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2012
    San Jose, Ca
    I like it on the top as well. Just gets in my way on the bottom.
  23. macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    I agree. I hate the wire flapping around the screen.
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2007
    Here, there and everywhere
    I'm torn on it, it's useful as it means the mic is facing towards me when the phone is in my pocket. That said it makes it a pain to quickly check the time as the phone as it now needs to come out of my coat pocket further.
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 9, 2008
    I'm with you. I preferred it on top. Bottom is awkward esp with the lightening cable plugged in.

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