Behold, the mighty headphone jack. One of the oldest ports on modern devices, it has stood the test of time. Or at least it diduntil now? I just took my iPad Air 2 out of its case for the first time since I bought it about a week ago. I've never really taken a good look at the design, so I set aside some time to admire the craftsmanship. I ran my fingers along the chamfered edge, noting the newly recessed volume buttons and distinct lack of a mute/rotation switch. Yes, that switchthat switch which probably met its demise due to Apple's obsession with ever-thinner devices. The sacrificial switch, as it were, which shows that Apple is not afraid to reduce their product at the expense of functionality. I carefully placed it beside the iPad Mini 2 on my desk and it's incredible how this new Air even makes the Mini look a little on the chunky side. I continued on with the inspection of my shiny new slab. As I rounded the corner of the device I noticed something was off. The headphone jack, or rather, the size of the headphone jack in relation to the device itself. Upon further inspection I realized the iPad itself cannot get much thinner without necessitating a new kind of headphone jack, or by eliminating it and using Bluetooth headphones. I suppose an alternative is the alleged Lightning port audio stuff that Apple has been working on. But we also have to remember that this is eventually going to be a problem for other manufacturers as well. The headphone port is probably the longest lasting port of all time and in a couple of years it might be time to finally say goodbye. Just remember not to freak out when this inevitably happens.