iPhone 7 News & Update: Audio Jack Mystery Solved; Here's Apple's Response About the Missing Audio Jack
There are several reasons why Apple stayed on above all of its competitors, and one of which is its ability to come up with uniquely, bizarre ideas such as the latest iPhone 7's missing plug.
Apple's aiming for a thinner phone but it's kind of weird to kill the headphone plug feature. But then again, this is what made the brand successful and in case you've forgotten about their brilliant jobs, remember Macbooks without CD Drive and iPad with no USB port.
Is It Right to Ditch The Audio Connector?
For most people, this is an odd, brainless move. The new Apple iPhone 7 doesn't have a headphone jack instead, it only has the usual lightning port used to charge batteries.
The in-ear sounds are produced through the lightning-to-3.5mm adapter by using EarPods or other headphones, or the weird looking wireless headphones called AirPods (sold separately).
If you would take a look at the over 50-years-old adapter, it doesn't do much aside from transporting signals. it won't function properly unless it has its own power amplifier and a digital audio converter, thus removing the jack is a smart move since it makes a space for a second speaker. "Maintaining an ancient, single-purpose, analogue, big connector doesn't make sense because that space is at a premium.", said Phil Schiller, Apple's marketing chief, at the iPhone 7 launch.
It may be a smart move for Apple but how about to its users? Making a room only means inconvenience since you need to buy another accessory, which is again expensive like the usual, to be able to listen while charging at the same time. For Schiller and his team, the move to drop the 3.5mm jack takes courage but obviously, it doesn't give any advantage to the customers. Instead, it should have highlighted about "progress" for the changes made.
"For the person who wants really great sound, using the lightning port is much better than using the headphone jack.", said Dr. Joshua Reiss, an audio engineering research head at Queen Mary University of London, after stating that the headphone jack is limited
Inefficient but high-quality?
Taking the headphone jack out of the new iPhone 7 has become popular. In fact, it has appeared in several memes and vines which ended up as a joke to some.
Maybe, it's all up to the user whether he finds this "courageous" change worthy or not.