By no we all know that that Apple removed the headphone jack from the new iPhone 7. Not news. Tons of articles cover this topic. What they don’t seem to cover though is why this is actually a really bad thing for consumers, and what we (as consumers) should do about it (but won’t).

Apple people love Apple. Its indisputable. It’s a mystery to Android/ Windows people. It’s also not likely to change anytime soon, no matter what Apple does.

This jackless iPhone sucks for everybody except Apple disciples for 2 very big reasons.

 

Removing the iPhone 7 headphone jack gained NOTHING.

In the articles that I’ve read, the reasoning for removing the headphone jack are pretty weak. For fun, lets do this in a crescendo of sillyness.

 

Its hard keeping that pesky water out

In this Forbes article, the author (quoted off Quora, so you know its legit) seriously makes me wonder if the whole article is a parody.  They state quite correctly that waterproofing is important, but that “it’s also a difficult feature.” Really? Really. This is absurd. You’re telling me Apple can build proximity sensors, GPS, brilliant cameras, touch feedback and more into a tiny handheld device, but they can’t waterproof a port thats essentially already sealed?

The headphone jack is too big

Dan Riccio (Apple’s senior VP of hardware engineering), had this to say:

“It was holding us back from a number of things we wanted to put into the iPhone,” Riccio explained. “It was fighting for space with camera technologies and processors and battery life. And frankly, when there’s a better, modern solution available, it’s crazy to keep it around.”

Again,  shenanigans. Instead of the headphone jack, Apple put in a bigger Taptic engine. So, instead of increasing the battery life, processor or camera technology, they just made your phone vibrate stronger. And again, I go back to Apple’s crazy engineers. If the 3.5 jack hardaware is too big, make it smaller. Revive Steve Jobs to yell at the department if you have to, but get it done.

Apparently, the headphone jack doesn’t do much.

This one made me actually lol. According to some, the only thing the headphone jack can do is:

  • Get stereo audio out of the phone.
  • Get mono audio into the phone.
  • Get volume and play/pause signals into the phone.

I don’t even know where to start. First, corded audio beats all current wireless HANDS DOWN. If I can head the difference when the device and headphones are connected, then thats interfering with my music. Can’t do anything else with the headphone jack? Tell that to Square Register and their credit card reader. Tell that to Ryobi, who made a bunch of plug in accessories for your phone to assist with renovations (and they are awesome!). Theres a lot more too, but that would have me REALLY veering off topic and just ranting.

 

The 2 main reasons this iPhone blows

Removing that jack lets Apple tell the consumer what they want, not the other way around. I know there’s an adaptor, but think about that for just a second. Do you really want to have to use an adaptor for something you’ve always used, and that has ALWAYS WORKED? Its a weak solution to a problem that didn’t exist.

Removing the headphone jack feels like a clear marketing push for Apple’s Beats headphones. They’ve already punched out their  own Apple wireless headphones to justify the jack removal. $130 for headphones from a company that has yet to produce a good pair of headphones of their own. “But they own Beats!’ you say. But fact is, beats headphones are junk too. Don’t take my word for it, hit up Google and learn for yourself.

For a company that presents themselves as lovers of music, they sure do a good job of presenting that music in the worst way possible.

 

That precedent tho

The biggest problem is the precedent that this sets, and all the little muppet companies that will follow along. Its not a very well kept secret that Apple has been setting the standard, and other companies “borrow” their design ideas for their own devices. Removing the jack could be a trend that the other manufacturers follow, and that sucks no matter how you look at it. Rumor has it that HTC is considering dropping the jack on their new phone, and it wouldn’t be hard to see Samsung following that route.

 

So….whats the plan?

Look if you love Apple, then love Apple. If you don’t though, and can go either way, then go Android.

Long live 3.5.