Why did Apple get rid of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7?

posted Nov 7, 2016, 1:14 AM by Customer Service   [ updated Nov 7, 2016, 1:17 AM ]

Why is it gone in the new iPhone?

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said the firm had been motivated by "courage" to get eliminate of the headphone jack.

The word is Courage

Schiller said on stage: "Some people have asked us why we would remove the analogue headphone jack. It's been with us a really very long time and it comes down to one word: courage. Our team has tremendous courage."

Space saving measures

That's just marketing speech - which has already become a joke on social media sites - but Schiller's follow up offers more insight into why the iPhone 7 doesn't have a headphone jack. He said, "our smartphones are packed with technologies, faster processors ... plus all of it fights for space."

That extra space, although very little, is being used to pack extra tech into the iPhone 7. That's clear from the dimensions of the phone - the lack of a headphone jack hasn't made the iPhone 7 thinner, it's still 7.1 mm like the iPhone 6S.

Instead, Apple is using the freed up space for extra technologies, likely emphasised on the A10 Fusion processor and battery cell.

They are going wireless

Why maintain a space-taking single purpose analogue connector, which has been used in tech since 1964? You don't, depending on Apple, with the company instead looking towards a wireless future.

Dongles, dongles, dongles

You'll get a pair of Lightning EarPods in package of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. These are similar as the EarPods you've had in the box with previous iPhones, but they're designed for use with the Lightning port rather than a traditional 3.5 mm jack.

That means if you're reliant on headphones you won't have the chance to listen to music on your phone and charge it at the same time.

Each phone will also ship with a Lightning to 3.5 mm adaptor, so you can continue using your wired headphones with the handset. The adaptor doesn't look great, it gives you an extra cable to carry around, and it's mosting likely to be annoying when listening to music on the go.

Plus, if you lose it, Apple will charge you $9 (₤ 9, AU$ 12) for a replacement.

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