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

posted Nov 6, 2016, 11:27 PM by iPhone Repairs Specialist Sydney   [ updated Nov 7, 2016, 12:36 AM ]
iPhone 7 Lightning Audio Jack

It took courage to remove it

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

Schiller said on stage:

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

It saves a lot of space

That's just marketing speech - which has already become a joke on social media sites - but Schiller's subsequent offers more insight into why the iPhone 7 doesn't have a headphone jack. He said, "our smartphones are packed with technologies, faster processors ... and 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 6 Plus.

Instead, Apple is using the freed up space for extra technologies, likely emphasised on the A10 Fusion processor and battery cell in the iPhone 7.

iPhone 7 Lightning Audio Earpods

Apple sees a wireless future

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

You'll get a pair of Lightning EarPods in package of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. These are much the same as the EarPods you've had in the box with previous iPhones, but they're designed for use with the Lightning port instead of 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. This is just sad.

There's a dongle for that

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 hearing music on the go.

Plus, if you lose it, Apple will charge you $9 (₤ 9) for a replacement. For Sydney, it's AU$12 for Aussie users.

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