Ok here’s the deal with this... it’s not that Apple was wrong, it’s that Apple went about it the wrong way. What I think should’ve happened is not to get rid of the jack, but to revolutionize it. What they should’ve done is gone to a closed off, flush “jack” that connected to wired headphones magnetically instead of via insertion. This would significantly raise the seal of the phone, but still allow corded headphones a universal option when everyone else jumped on the magnetic plug. It’s not even a new concept to Apple, all of their laptops use magnetic jacks.
@AnimusJ, only problem is that they would need to use something like rare earth magnets in order to keep a decent bond. Even then those are in short supply and wouldn't have connection stength (either physical or digital) to compare. Really the 3.5 Jack in my opinion is just so simple that there really isn't anything better than it right now. Other jacks are bigger and more expensive. However if a company could over come the challenge they would have a pretty awesome phone.
@AnimusJ, actually, they removed MagSafe in the new MacBooks, which does suck.
@AnimusJ, people would have complained about having to use a new port as well. People just like to complain. 😕
@AnimusJ, the purpose is to allow for edge to edge screens. The width of the headphone jack is problematic.
@AnimusJ, I feel like the fact that apple now owns Beats has something to do with excluding the headphone jack. Increases the need for Bluetooth headphones, coinciding with a lovely line of Beats Bluetooth headphones
@AnimusJ, Apples issue was that they doubled down on the lightning port. It's inferior to usb type-c except in size. If they removed the headphone jack and used usb instead then headphone companies wouldn't be as hesitant to add options for type c connections. Instead they must choose between proprietary lightning ports, which only exist on apples newest phones, and traditional 3.5mm jacks. With type c becoming ubiquitous you'll see more usb headphones as time progresses. You'll never see a large push for more lightning port headphones, only dongles. Lightning port headphones can't even be used with any MacBooks. They screwed themselves. But if it we're type-c...
If apple wanted to drop the jack, they should have switched to type-c over lightning.
@AnimusJ, how about just a simple cover that moves out of the way when you put the jack in but keeps water out when nothing is there, very simple
@AnimusJ, Don't fix what's not broken
I was under the impression it was for the speakers and screen edge. So either be happy with the screen and speakers or the headphones. Eventually, most people will have wireless headphones anyways. Hell, eventually they'll probably be cheap enough to give away.
@Cruxio , that would be nice
@Reedmg, look how much CD players were when they came out. It'll get there eventually. Everything is hyper expensive when the technology is new
@Cruxio , that was part of it but with the new headphones you can get a higher quality sound because the data transfer is better over the thunderbolt headphones than over 3.5 mm headphones. 3.5 mm headphones after all is a 30 year old technology.
Samsung now holds the torch
I mean, it's not even just for headphones, U wish I could use microphones and shjt with that too. My surface pro 4 has a headphone jack, but to my dismay; it's output only. I mean, I still film with my actual camera, but for certain programs I want a better mic (but the surface pro built in mic isn't that bad).
I sound like a douche. I want more Ike's for more plugging. I like options.
How does that make Apple right? There can be more than one company making a dumb decision.
Samsung is Apple's rival not Google
Just get Bluetooth headphones
You were supposed to destroy the isith not join them
I made the switch to Bluetooth. My phone likes to activate Google Assistant everytime the headphone plug even thinks about moving, pausing or changing the song.