Would a thinner, aux jack-less iPhone be a dealbreaker?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by emilioestevez, Apr 9, 2016.


Deal or no deal?

  1. Deal

    23 vote(s)
  2. No deal

    34 vote(s)
  3. I'm trying to watch the Masters

    6 vote(s)
  1. emilioestevez Suspended


    Aug 25, 2015
    Think it's too early to abandon headphones, or would this be a welcome change for you?
  2. oMc macrumors 6502


    Oct 17, 2010
    Finland & France
    As long as there is an adapter to connect my earphones and headphones to the lightning port, I don't care about the jack port really.
  3. Chatter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2013
    Uphill from Downtown
    Would rather have wireless headphones anyways. So I dont care. BUT I want good earphones...not the current ones on the market with the big dangling section for the connectors.
  4. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2009
    I thought the 6 was uncomfortable to hold because it was too thin, so yes, for me a thinner iPhone would suck. I can only hope they will keep updating the internals in the SE body, but if not, I will have no choice but to eventually migrate back to thinner phones.
  5. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
  6. e93to macrumors 6502a


    Jan 23, 2015
    I prefer headphones/earpods from other manufacturers as I find Apple's standard earpods very uncomfortable. If the adaptor is reasonably priced (under $20), AND doesn't result in decrease in sound quality, then I have no complaints.
  7. nfl46 macrumors 604


    Oct 5, 2008
    It wouldn't be a problem for me. I am over wires anyway. Hopefully we get true wireless charging as well. I can't remember the last time i sync my iPhone to iTunes using the wire.
  8. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
  9. addey macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Wasn't such a big deal when they changed the charging port. It's always good to see companies pushing in new directions.
  10. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    If anyone can make such a radical change work, and be accepted, it's Apple.

    They're good at pr spin.

    I'll keep an open mind, but I'd prefer the headphone socket to stay.
  11. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    I don't need a thinner phone - I'd accept the jackless if it meant a larger screen in the same physical size phone. Most people I know have cases on the phones so it doesn't end up as thin as it starts anyway
  12. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    As would I.
  13. mwhals macrumors 6502


    Sep 16, 2012
    The digital Lightning port can put out a higher fidelity signal than the analogue headphone jack.

    It really would not matter for me as I use a separate device for music anyway.
  14. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    That's what supporters say. but the current DAC is fine. And if the Lightning port will replace it, then Apple better have wireless charging.

    Putting a splitter onto the phone to allow earphones use and wired charging is not acceptable.
  15. Tom G. macrumors 68020

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    It would depend on what type of adapter that either Apple or a third party supplier came up with. I can see if they do away with the aux connector with no adapter then people will scream until someone markets the needed adapter. This has happened before.
  16. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Unfortunately for me it will be a deal breaker until Square makes a compatible magstrip/chip reader.

    Apparently for technical reason they claim an adapter (3.5mm to lightning) won't work for their current product.

    And I'm kind of predicting a problem but if they make a magstrip/chip reader they need to make its lightning plug long enough to get passed my case. Sounds silly but currently it's a non issues because I can get an adapter for the 3.5mm plug cheap.


    It's unlikely that adapter will exist for lightning connectors because (and I could be wrong) it may require the Lightning chip and royalties will need to be paid. Be nice if Square designed there product for bigger phone cases in the first place.

    Just have to wait and see how it all plays out. I enjoy owning the latest gen iPhones but I need to prioritize business first.
  17. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    I already own Beats Bluetooth headphones. And I always use a case. So it's a non issue for me even though I find keeping my headphones charged a pain to remember.

    But I don't want the danged iphone so thin it snaps like a communion wafer. I wonder where they're going with this obsession with thinness.
  18. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    Ehhh. It is bugging me a little but it's not a deal breaker.
  19. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    If I want to use my better headphones I need an adapter. My wife, too.

    Then I'll also want an adapter in each car with pass through charging.

    Also, my EarPods will need replacement, which I use on my laptop. Now I'll need to buy another set for that use.

    It adds up to a not insignificant expense on top of an expensive phone. And right now it actually adds a small amount of extra hassle for my use case.

    It partly depends on how good the supplied wireless headphones are. Not necessarily a deal breaker but it will make me stop to consider my other options.
  20. Reno Raines macrumors 65816

    Jul 19, 2015
    I bought an se and a 6s partially because it has the 3.5mm jack. I use it for the car more than anything.
  21. kerrikins macrumors 65816

    Sep 22, 2012
    I honestly wouldn't really care as long as there's an adapter or eventually other manufacturers come out with headphones specifically for the iPhone. I don't listen to music all that often so I wouldn't really notice the difference.
  22. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I'd like to see the jack go as long as there's a practical workaround for people using legacy equipment. I got a nice pair of Beats Studio headphones for like $230 (down from $300) that use that standard plug. I would've preferred wireless, but those were $400 and I have only seen them at $300 on Black Friday. I have to charge these anyway for the noise-canceling, so I don't mind charging for Bluetooth purposes.

    But the point is I've got those and just need an adapter or special cable to keep using them. Same with the 18 pairs of EarPods I have from various phone purchases. Hell, I can't believe my watch didn't come with those.
  23. mobywv macrumors newbie


    Oct 27, 2014
    Been using bluetooth headphones for years now with my phone. I figured most people would be by now. So, if eliminating the audio jack/outlet could lead to additional features, then sure. All for it.
  24. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Absolute deal breaker for me if that's all I'm getting. The 3.5mm jack isn't the be all end all of features, so I can be won back with additional features, but it's not looking good based on rumors.

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