Why the headphone jack must die?


Apple (APPL) reveals the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. As you’ve presumably heard, they are not having headphone jacks.

Yes, that is true: The earphone jack is leaving, beginning at this point.

What’s more, not simply on the iPhone. Indeed, Apple’s not eveb first. Moto led the revolution in the US with its stunning new Moto Droid Z telephones—which have no earphone jacks. In China, LeEco and different organizations are now discarding the jack. Different brands worldwide will stick to this same pattern.

I can see why you may find this news stunning and irritating. Dispose of the earphone jack? That is crazy! We require the earphone jack! How are we expected to listen to our music, our YouTube videos, our Facebook clips? It is safe to say that we should simply discard the costly earphones we’ve purchased?

Whoa there, people. You will still have the capacity to utilize earphones. The gadgets organizations are dispensing with just the cycle 3.5-milimeter jack, not the capacity to listen.

Regardless you’ll have three choices for listening through earphones or earbuds:


Sooner or later, everything goes wireless: Internet connections, file transfers, even power charging. And already, sales of wireless Bluetooth headphones are growing faster than wired ones for the first time. Bluetooth buds have been steadily improving, and they’ll only get better when Bluetooth 5.0 comes out at year’s end.

Utilizing Apple’s earbuds

Apple will incorporate new earbuds with the iPhone that plug into the Lightning (charging) jack. Different organizations as of now make earphones that plug straight into the Lightning jack, as well. On Android telephones, you’ll connect the included earbuds to the USB-C jack.

Utilizing an adapter

If you have a most loved pair of older ‘telephones, you can connect them to the Lightning or USB-C jack with a little connector. Some will have splitters with the goal that you can charge your telephone and module earphones simultaneously.

Nobody loves adapters, of course—unless there’s a really good reason for them. In this case, there are at least two.

Reason 1: Age and bulk

The 3.5-millimeter jack is the oldest innovation that is still in your telephone. This connector appeared with the transistor radio in the mid 1960s; it was, for instance, on the Sony EFM-117J radio, which turned out in 1964. This is the sound connector of the 8-track cassette deck (1967-ish) and the Sony Walkman (1979).

In short, the jack that everyone’s whining about is 52 years old.

As a result, it’s bulky—and in a phone, bulk = death.

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“The device makers would love to get rid of that jack. It makes your phone thicker than it has to be,” says Brad Saunders.

He’s the Intel executive who led the charge to develop USB-C, which is quickly replacing the standard USB and Micro USB connectors on new phones, tablets, and laptops from Microsoft (MSFT), Google (GOOG), Apple (on the 12-inch MacBook), Samsung, and others. More specifically, Saunders sits at the nexus of 600 electronics companies—and knows what’s coming.

He brings up that the 3.5-millimeter jack, by all standards, is huge on the inside.
The cylinder that suits your earphone jack is presently among the thickest segments of your telephone! It’s thicker than the screen guts, the circuit board, or the battery.

The earphone jack is what’s keeping telephones from getting any more slender. It’s the restricting element.

A lot of people really love thin phones. But if you don’t care about thinness, you can put it another way: The headphone jack is what’s preventing phone batteries from getting bigger. You do care about battery life, right?

Fact is, jacks and connectors come and go. And every time there’s a transition, we, the people, wail and moan. “Don’t move my cheese!” we cry. (I’ll cop to it: I’ve sometimes been among them.)

But if you look back, you can see how foolish some of our foot-stomping was. We screamed bloody murder when Apple eliminated the floppy drive, and again when it replaced the SCSI and ADB jacks with USB. Face it: We, the people, really don’t make good product designers.

Look at the back of this 1985 Mac Plus. Will you detect the main connector that hasn’t been supplanted by something littler, speedier, and more effective? Is it accurate to say that this is the thing that we need our cell phones to resemble?

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Reason 2: Sound quality

Your music is digital. Every last bit of it: The tunes you purchase, the melodies you stream.

Oh, the 3.5-millimeter jack is simple.

Your telephone contains a modest buyer advanced to-simple converter, whose occupation it is to change over the sign yield from your computerized music documents to your old simple earphone jack. So regardless of the amount of sound quality is secured away in those records, when it achieves your earphones, you’ve lost some sound quality en route.

In the post-earphone jack time, your music will stay computerized until it achieves the earphones, which can have a much more pleasant converter. You’ll skirt that simple change business—and show signs of improvement sounding sound.

The headphone jack must die

There may be other reasons to get rid of the headphone jack, too. Maybe it’ll be easier to make our phones waterproof. Maybe it’ll lower the cost of the phones, and goose the reliability.

But for most people, better battery life, thinner phones, and improved audio quality are reasons enough.

The biggest legitimate worry about the post-3.5-millimeter era is that we’ll lose compatibility. You won’t be able to plug my Android earbuds into your iPhone, or whatever. You’ll need one adapter for Lightning devices, and one for USB-C devices like Android phones. (Or, more realistically, you’ll have your Lightning earbuds and one adapter for Android phones, or vice versa.)

Well, Bluetooth is already a universal standard, so there’s that. And for wired headphones, maybe, if we’re lucky, Apple will get smart and move to the sensationally great USB-C that most Android phone makers are using.

In the meantime, let the presses roll. The 3.5-millimeter jack: Dead at 52 after a long, productive life.