Apple is ALL about Apple. Always has been, always will be. It doesn’t follow industry standards and loves making extra cash selling you proprietary cables and gizmos. This has been the company’s MO since day one and, for the most part, people seem to accept it.
But all that could change with the iPhone 7 if Apple decides to kill off support for traditional headphones.
According to reports, Apple is looking to remove support for 3.5mm jacks on its upcoming iPhone 7. The reason? Simple: Apple wants to make its next iPhone super-thin and it is not going to let something as silly as headphones stand in its way.
“Japanese technology website Macotakara has reported that Apple is planning to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the next handset in an effort to make the next iPhone 1mm slimmer,” reports The Week. “The site and its sources have been accurate in the past, and the rumours – while radical – fit in with Apple's past changes, such as the introduction of the lightning port over the original 30-pin charging setup, as well as the latest MacBook using small USB Type C ports.”
This rumour has of course been met with outrage. And rightly so too — headphones are an exceptionally personal bit of technology and are something some users spend a lot of cash on. Not supporting third party headphones on the next iPhone is kind of spitting in the face of users that value quality headphones.
To be 100% honest, I’d be VERY surprised if this rumour turned out to be true. I know Apple loves its proprietary technology, like A LOT, but this just seems like a bridge too far — even for Apple. Personally, if this did turn out to be the case it’d almost certainly stop me from getting the iPhone 7. I love music and I love my headphones and if a phone didn’t support this most basic of features then, well, I’d simply go elsewhere.
“From Apple’s perspective,” notes Forbes, “the move makes a lot of sense. It can gain control over the last industry standard port on the iPhone for increased revenue and licensing potential. It can potentially create ‘smart earphones/headphones’ thanks to the direct digital connection to the phone which could tie into apps, notifications and more creating another differentiator from the competition. And last, but not least, sales of dedicated Lightning headphones would prove another powerful way to lock users into its ecosystem.”
But it would still be INSANELY ANNOYING so please Apple, for the LOVE of god, DO NOT do this!