- Apr 15, 2011
Apple obviously now changed the port to the bottom of the phone. Anyone finding advantages/disadvantages to this new setup in everyday use?
The only thing I don't like is that I have a cradle in my car that has two movable arms on the bottom to hold the phone in place. The headphone port is naturally covered by one of the arms, so I have to swing it out wide, which doesn't hold the phone as steady as it did when I had the iPhone 4 and the port was on top.
Im of two different minds with the reorientation of the headphone jack. The bottom position is not new for Apple: currently all iPods (excluding the classic) have the same positioning. It makes sense to put it on the bottom if you are coming from one of these devices, and also makes sense from a manufacturing standpoint: all acoustic elements excluding the top earpiece are in the same area. But, people coming from the previous iPhone (more likely) find this change annoying. I can sympathize with dissenters. Having the headphone jack on top meant the iPhone could rest flat in a pocket or cup holder with a device plugged in. But, having the jack on the bottom removes the need to wrap the headphones around the top and have the connector on the bottom, which gives the phone a better aesthetic appeal. As a counterpoint to this, pressing the sleep/wake button at the top requires this awkward deep reach into your pocket. Tradeoffs.
When it's in the suction cup mount thing in my car, the audio cable now hangs naturally down instead of annoyingly up and over.
The only downside is that I had to modify the mount because it was blocking the audio port! A dremel made short work of the obstruction, though.