Apple jacks jacks

Removing headphone jack on iPhone favors of wireless headphones, allows for thinner, waterproofable phones

by Anjay Saklecha, Features Editor

First they removed the floppy disk. Then they removed the USB port. Now Apple Inc. plans to do away with the 3.5mm headphone jack that has been on iPhones since their inception.

With the release date of Apple’s next smartphone—the iPhone 7—being unveiled in a month, many different technology websites have published articles with confirmation from sources close to Apple that the new iPhone will not have a headphone port.

For example, a report by Mark Sullivan for Fast Company, a monthly technology and business magazine, stated that “the new phone will rely on its Lightning cable port for sound output to wired headphones. That port has been used for power and data transfer in recent iPhones.”

There are multiple reasons that Apple thought intensively to remove the standard headphone jack. Smartphones without headphone ports would be more easily waterproofed, would gain more space for any new features Apple has been waiting to unveil and would become even thinner.

However, one of the biggest reasons to knock the port away is to market wireless headphones, specifically those created by Apple’s ally, Beats Electronics.

“I’m an Android user, where the phones have a headphone port and are waterproof, but you know, I agree with Apple’s decision to do this,” Rahul Goyal (10) said. “[Apple] keeps trying to revolutionize technology in this day and age, and by bringing in wireless earbuds into the mix, I think that would be doing it.”

Meanwhile, students who don’t support have another perspective on Apple’s sudden decision. Junior Jerry Chen thinks that there is no reason to not include the standard headphone port in the next invention.

“Their decision removes compatibility with almost everything except wireless headphones or earphones, and they gain practically nothing from doing so,” he said. “I’ll definitely be interested in seeing how the company responds to the criticism and accommodates for the lack of a headphone jack, though.”

Technology websites have been debating whether the headphone jack should be removed and whether a removal would benefit Apple’s reputation; however, Apple has pioneered new and improved technology, so the decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 could be another major step in the right direction for the company.

This piece was originally published in the pages of the Winged Post on Aug 26, 2016.