If rumors are to be believed, technology giant Apple is planning to do away with the headphone jack in its latest offering, iPhone 7. Some may see it as a step towards creating an even slimmer phone (what is it with ‘slim’ and phone being spelled together as hi tech?) Anyways, coming back to the point of the head phone jack – its physical presence must surely be creating issues in making the phone slimmer.
What’s the alternative?
Absence of a 3.5mm headphone jack should not be read as inability to listen to music etc. It just means that its time to upgrade to a newer technology. The all-in-one lighting connector is what will replace the good old 3.5mm jack. According to reliable sources from Apple, Lighting connector will be used to support Lightning -equipped headphone.
Is it a good idea?
As of now, there is no guarantee that Apple is actually going to do this. For confirmation, we’ll have to wait for an official statement. The step in itself is pretty big and bold. Ideally such a major technology shift should be accompanied by a major redesign in the look also. Looking at the whole issue from Apple’s perspective it seems a good way to increase revenue and further ensure that its users remain loyal. For them it would open up a whole new market of the next generation of earphones which will digitally connect with the phone. Apps can be inbuilt in them. Thus Apple will be able to maintain its image of being ‘different’ and ‘edgy’ as opposed to its competitors. Introduction of a new technology in the market creates monopoly and market leaders, which in turn effects the revenue on the positive front.
For those who are not convinced by Apple’s arguments in favor of technology, the Bluetooth headphones are not affected by this change. This in fact would give the company an opportunity to better the AirPlay Specification and thus a better Bluetooth option. Thus it is a win win situation for them.
The cons of the new technology
On the technology front, things are always changing in all industries. It might be a surprise to some that the 3.5mm headphone jack also known as the TRS connector is the most accepted standard in the world. It has existed since 1878. To change a technology which people have been using for ages are so comfortable with and to replace it with something which will make them start at square one might not be welcomed by the users. More so when they realize that the new technology is being introduced to make their smart phone further thinner might not augur well with the users.
Change is an inherent part of progress and so are apprehensions. How well people accept a slimmer phone without headphones will depend on a lot of factors. It is just a matter of time and peoples’ reaction will be an indicator of success for all to see.
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