Apple’s September announcements are always one of the most anticipated events in the tech calendar, and for good reason. We can always expect some interesting developments from the Californian giants, and last night’s announcement did not let us down.
Of course, the big talk is all about the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and what they do, or do not, come with. Specifically; a 3.5mm headphone jack. Though not the first phones to ditch the connector (the Moto Z and Chinese company LeEco have already beaten them to it), it’ll surely be the one to get everyone talking.
The removal of the headphone jack leaves you with a few options of how to get your audio fix:
– Lightning headphones
– A lightning to 3.5mm jack adaptor
If your car’s stereo system has a 3.5mm input and no Bluetooth, you’ll need to use an adaptor in order to listen to music in your car. Whilst the new iPhone will come with one of these, you’ll probably want more than one; one to keep with your headphones, and one to keep in your car.
And that’s where we come in; we’re already hard at work devising a solution that’s as high quality as our certified lightning cables, and you’ll soon see these products in a Halfords store near you (and on our website!).
Still not convinced?
The news around the death of the headphone jack has been a hot topic in the office this morning, with varying opinions. But even though it sometimes seems inconvenient, tech has to move with the times. Often these changes are baked into your new piece of hardware where you just appreciate the benefits without doing anything, such as faster processors and solid state drives.
And then there’s the death of other things where we have to find an interim solution; the floppy disc, the CD-ROM, keypads on phones, and the move to USB-C to name a few. If we never tried these things then technology would never progress. The current 3.5mm jack dates back to 1964, making it over 50 years old.
Apple’s marketing chief echoed this sentiment in the keynote, stating the reason behind the move;
“The reason to move on: courage. The courage to move on and do something new that betters all of us.”
In a subsequent interview with BuzzFeed News, Apple have stated that the reason they ditched the jack is four-fold; removing it freed up space for an improved camera, the Taptic engine, a bigger battery, and also helped to make the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus water resistant. When it came down to it, the old jack was preventing them from innovating.
Apple is the kind of company that may not be the first to move away from such things, but they’re usually the company that makes all the others sit up and take notice. We expect that the death knell for the headphone jack is finally sounding.