Indeed I am "free" to purchase or not purchase. I tried purchasing, and sent them back. Twice. I'm disappointed I have invested in a technology ecosystem which increasingly appears to be making user-hostile, ani-consumer decisions. Semi-essential additional accessories are now required for almost every major apple product. These boost the average price (and profit margin) of each sale massively: - Phone cases - needed due to camera bump + for protection of expensive, anti-ergonomic device - AirPods - needed due to no headphone jack - USB C cables - needed to connect iPhone to new MacBooks/Pros I don't know, but I imagine apple also make something off most 3rd party accessories through licensing. You could love your AirPods all the same, and use them just as much as you do, and there still be a headphone jack in the iPhone. The choice to remove it is nothing but anti-user.