Why is Apple presumably putting the headphone jack on the bottom of the iPhone 5?

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  1. AceGuy78 macrumors member

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    I really dont understand why... if you're using your phone with headphones plugged in I rather have them coming from the top of the phone or even in the pocket
     
  2. jj47 macrumors regular

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    I think it's wrong too. I don't want to have to start putting my phone upside down in my pocket. It'll just feel really... strange.

    Apple, if it ain't broke don't fix it!

    Looks stupid as well.
     
  3. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

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    How about we hold off judgement until Apple actually announces the phone.
     
  4. robots3humans0 macrumors 6502

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    I think it's better at the bottom. When I pocket my phone it always goes in top first, screen facing in - that way when i take it out of my pocket my thumb is already on the home button to turn it on. Putting the headphone jack at the bottom will let me always put it in my pocket this way, even when listening to music.
     
  5. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    That is the way I carry my iPhone as well. I also prefer to have the headphone jack on the bottom of the phone.
     
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  7. burnside macrumors 6502

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    I don't think it will make that much of a difference in your pocket, but I can see it being kind of awkward when using a wired headset and on the phone. For tall people with short headphone/set cords, this will pose a problem.
     
  8. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    Why did they put it in the bottom instead of the top?

    or

    Why did they have it in the top in years past? Was that right or wrong?

    Anyways,I am pretty sure that some manager at Apple got up one day and was in a bad mood. He was so pissed off he just told the designers to put it there.

    Really - does anyone think this did this without lots of study, thought and decision making? Geez.
     
  9. MEJHarrison macrumors 6502a

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    I don't care where it is. After upgrading to BlueTooth headphones, I don't plan to be using that port ever again! :D
     
  10. austinguy23 macrumors 6502a

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    Well, they had to change SOMETHING. They sure as heck haven't changed much else...
     
  11. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    Actually, I prefer the headphone jack in the bottom side.

    When I pull my phone out of my pocket, the bottom would be already facing "down", the direction I would need it to be in order to use it.
     
  12. NYY FaN macrumors 6502

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    the ipods seem to have mostly have headphone jacks on the bottom (nano/touch).. I wonder if it's less apple making a decision one way or another and more technical reasoning (internal parts can only fit a certain way).
     
  13. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    It's probably because the audio jack will be part of the docks, since the new connector is just a 9-pin, likely w/o A/V.
     
  14. gta50419 macrumors 6502

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    It'll be dumb if they do but Lets wait till we see the real iphone 5 leaks.
     
  15. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Prefer it on top myself. My theory is that they have removed functionality from the new 9 pin connector, specifically audio out. I'm guessing we'll see a dock as well as some (3rd party?) connectors with both a 9 pin and mini audio jack in one assembly.

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    Grrr, I took to long to type! :p
     
  16. Agent-P macrumors 68030

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    I think the reasoning would have to be the way the parts are arranged inside the case. After all, there is only a finite amount of space. It's sort of like playing tetris, except instead of colourful shapes you're using iPhone internals.
     
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    It's called blackberry. We learned with that that side ports are garbage for holding/talking while plugged in.
     
  21. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Definitely possible, though how about a curveball to spice it up a bit?

    What about their hybrid audio/optical audio port finally comes to the iOS line ;)
     
  22. harcosparky macrumors 68020

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    Carrying the phone bottom up is better ....
    that was the headphone jack and dock connecter can catch more dirt and other crap! :rolleyes:
     
  23. Cody21 macrumors 6502a

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    I'll welcome the headphone jack at the bottom. I pocket my phone with the speaker down and when I pull it out I have to turn the screen towards my face.
     
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    That would be interesting/surprising.
     

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