By: Michael Conte
As you may know, Apple is rumored to release the iPhone 7 in September without the 3.5mm headphone jack. This has been very controversial in the Apple news community and not many people are thinking about this idea in the long run.
Apple removing the headphone jack could be annoying in the first few weeks, you would have to purchase an adapter for your existing headphones, or maybe have to buy a different pair. But let's think about this in a different way.
If Apple gets rid of the headphone jack, it would be getting rid of a technology that should have been out the door a long time ago. It is the only part of our phones that hasn't seen an innovation in years. But in a world of Bluetooth headphones, it's time for a change.
If you purchased a $200 or above pair of headphones, now, in 2016, and they lacked Bluetooth capabilities, you made a bad purchase in my opinion. And any headphones under that price, depending on age, are worth replacing with new ones.
When it comes to the iPhone 7 itself, removing the headphone jack will make the phone thinner, and will help with waterproofing the phone. Apple made Lightning and the speakers, but the headphone jack is a technology that was carried down for decades. Apple can innovative its own technology, but when it comes to a port that must support millions of headphones on the market, it is a near impossible thing to do. Using a pair of Bluetooth headphones will get rid of that port and make the iPhone better in water.
Now, Apple won't force you to purchase Bluetooth headphones, they would most likely sell an adapter that will allow you to plug in normal headphones into the Lightning port. Also, Apple supports manufacturers making headphones that connect directly to the Lightning port. So you are not out of options if you do not want Bluetooth.
Bluetooth will soon become the new standard in headphones, but someone just has to give it a little push. I believe, once Apple gets rid of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, other companies like Samsung, HTC, and Google will jump in.
If you are EarPod users, fear not, if Apple does get rid of the headphone jack, they will clearly not give you the current generation of EarPods. Apple would have to update them in a way that supports the iPhone they are packaged with. Rumors say that Apple will provide you with Bluetooth EarPods with the iPhone 7, but at the very least, they will give you Lightning EarPods, with the option to buy Bluetooth EarPods in stores.
Overall, I think removing the headphone jack is a good idea. It would push the future to a market that desperately needs it. It would make for a thinner iPhone, and better waterproofing. Removing the headphone jack will be the first step in changing a market who needs it and introducing a new standard that is more efficient.