Does someone have an actual good reason for Apple to kill the headphone jack?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Noble Actual, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. Noble Actual macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2014
    So this is old rumors but the iPhone 7 might not have the headset jack and instead require it to be plugged in with the lightning connector

    Can someone give a legit reason that this is good for people?
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Same reason Apple killed the floppy drive with the iMac. Same reason Apple killed OS9 and then Classic with OS X 10.5. Same reason Apple killed PowerPC. Same reason Apple killed Rosetta with OS X 10.7. Same reason Apple killed the optical drive with the MBA.

    Because it works for Apple.
  3. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2014
    Sure. Less space needed to be taken up within the device by a headphone jack means more space for components, battery, or even to thin out the device further if they chose to.

    Whether you agree with Apple doesn't really matter. If they do it then you'll either get with the program or move on to alternatives. Apple will survive (and thrive) regardless.
  4. Zackmd1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2010
    Maryland US
    Exactly....The jack itself takes up quite a bit of internal space in an iPhone. Removing it allows for a much more packed iPhone in terms of internal components and battery size. In the iPhone 7 the removal will likely give more room for the stereo speakers and haptic engine.
  5. splitpea macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2009
    Among the starlings
    So they can sell us exclusive (read: overpriced) Beats headphones, I imagine.

    Good luck getting your Bluetooth earbuds to connect on a crowded subway car where 100 other people are doing the same thing... And have fun listening to music with a lightning adapter while trying to charge the battery.
  6. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    At some point it makes sense to let go of legacy technology. The world is digital, but the 3.5mm jack is an analog port. So a few reasons to let it go are:

    1. Moving to digital.
    2. No internal space needs to be dedicated to what is quite a large port. That space can be used for something else. You can see how large the part is in this MacFixit photo (
    3. It lowers the cost of manufacturing.
    4. It lowers the part count.
    5. It may permit the iPhone case to be thinner.
    6. It might permit more control from inline remotes, considering that it's a digital interface.
  7. Shamgar macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2015
    Any possible benefit of using Lightning headphones is already available to people since the Lightning port is already there.

    For the consumer, there is no improvement to losing functionality. For Apple, it could be worth more money.
  8. nitromac macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2012

    You can't hear digital sound. In the end it needs to be converted to an analog signal (inside your bluetooth earbuds or at the 3.5mm port).
  9. mantan macrumors 68000

    Nov 2, 2009
    Let's cut to the quick. Moving to a Lightning interface means a whole lot of sales of new headphones. It's a straight money grab. I don't blame Apple, it's their job to increase sales/revenue. But I'm not going to buy the line of BS that this is somehow making the product better by providing a 'digital' experience, stereo sound or a thinner device.
  10. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
    Come on folks. You know why. So they can make it even thinner!
  11. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Depends on what you consider good. Here is what I don't consider good: thinner device.

    Lots of discussion about battery but, if the loss of the jack gives us anything but a marginal increase in battery capacity I will eat my hat. Especially when looking at the leaked chassis that are, surprise surprise, thinner!

    I'd give up the headphones jack for a few goodies though.
    - Waterproofing
    - Wireless charging (not relevant to giving up the jack but would soften the blow)
    - Louder speakers (not just an extra one)
    - Better integrated battery case (the 6s case is, imo, worse than third party offerings)
    - USB-C (lol. I dare to dream)

    Probably won't see all or most (any?) of these things though. It wouldn't surprise me at all that it's just thinner with a "wonderful new lightning powered headphones in every box". But apple surprised with the SE for sure. Maybe I'll be blown away here too.
  12. drjsway macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2009
    Because wireless is the future. You can argue we are not 100% there yet (in terms of sound quality, battery life, cost, etc.) but you can't argue it's not the future. Will we have wires in 10 years? In 20 years? If we're gonna get rid of it anyway, someone should just take the lead and do it, like yanking off a band-aid, and Apple has historically been that company.

    A few points:

    1. No one is forcing you to buy an iPhone 7 on launch date. If you are buying the latest and greatest, you're likely an early adopter of technology, so you should expect be a few years ahead of everyone else.

    2. You can use any headphones you want. No reason why there wouldn't be a 3.5mm to lightning adapter you can plug into the end of your headphones and never take it off again. If Apple expects backlash, and think it will impact sales, they will probably include an adapter in the box.

    So what is the negative here? Why would anyone not want to remove a redundant component when there's so precious little space inside their phones?
  13. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    For your proponents of wireless headsets, I've noticed these days there are less people using those BT thingies.

    For me, having another thing to charge would be a pain.
  14. adamhenry macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2015
    On the Beach
    Yeah BT is so yesterday! The future is wire. ;)
  15. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    To propel us into the new age...and make you buy adapters in the short term.

    It's a pain. BT technology isn't there yet and I don't need more things to charge. I like a wired connection and now I have to use an adapter, but as long as the adapter has a decent DAC, I'll live.
  16. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    yep, one extra thing to charge. also can't share the bluetooth signal when listening with my wife (on a plane, etc.). however, i did jump on the boat today in anticipation of the change. gotta get on, get off or get ran over.
  17. mi7chy macrumors 601


    Oct 24, 2014

    - If it's an open standard then it's probably going with the trend with everything wireless.
    - Otherwise, if it's proprietary it's just lock in like iMessage to deter you from jumping ship.
    - Could also be that they're aiming for water resistance certification.
    - More profitable since there's less expense to mill and fewer components.
  18. maxsix Suspended


    Jun 28, 2015
    Western Hemisphere
    Apple had a very hard time embracing anything wireless back when others like Google's Android worked diligently to embrace a wireless world.

    Apple's deep seated fear of cutting the wires was understandable given its massive profits from a phone tethered to iTunes.

    Even today's technologies like wireless charging seem to frighten Apple.
  19. adamhenry, Mar 22, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2016

    adamhenry macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2015
    On the Beach
    I'd like to hear more about this. What are you talking about?

    ETA: More unsubstantiated nonsense. I'm not surprised, considering the source.
  20. illitrate23 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2004
    I haven't used the headphone jack on my iPhone or iPad since December. Been using a pair of these ( since then and it's highly unlikely i'd go back to wired earphones again, whether 3.5 jack or lightning connector.
  21. TurboPGT! Suspended

    Sep 25, 2015
    It is beyond the comprehension of most people here how removing a legacy component like the headset jack changes the entire design approach for the device.

    The end user will likely see benefits of: Thinner phone, more water resistant, and dual speakers.

    Apple will also obviously bundle either Bluetooth or Lightning earbuds. Probably Bluetooth that have a way of recharging with the Lightning connector into the Lightning port of the iPhone.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 24, 2016 ---
    How about a legit reason why its not?

    Apple will obviously bundle a pair of new EarPods that be used with the new phone, and UNDOUBTEDLY there will be a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter for the people who 'need' it.

    I'm already LMAO at the people who A) even dare mention "charging while listening via headphones"...I just have this hilarious image of someone with their head tethered to the wall. Yeah, lets accommodate that. B) spent a lot of money on headphones and think they are getting decent quality audio through a 3.5mm jack.
  22. Shamgar macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2015
    What is the audio quality limitation of a 3.5mm jack as it pertains to headphones?
  23. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    3 hours stereo playtime. Far too short for me. I need at least five times that for traveling.
  24. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    I use the phone on work conference calls so I need to charge while using head set - I am not tethered to the wall but to an extension cord specifically placed on my desk for that purpose.
    I like the idea that I can use the same headset for my phone, my ipad, my MBP, and almost everywhere else I use headset like the gym for their builtin TV's. I'm not big on "high quality" music from my iPhone so I really don't want better sound I just want sound.
    Is this the biggest deal in the world - no but it will be inconvenient or expensive to get adapter for this and that.
    I don't care about a thinner phone - if they were going to provide a larger screen in a smaller package that would be great.
    doing it for design reasons - bad idea

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