Yesterday Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 (and 7 Plus)
and to no one’s shock, they eliminated the 3.5mm headphone jack. It was easily the most talked about rumor leading up to the announcement. From a design standpoint, the 7 has the same dimensions as the 6, but is somehow lighter. It features two cameras, a faster chip, a force sensitive home button, longer battery life, better screen (yada, yada), and is water resistant. It also comes in new colors, but don’t get the jet black because apparently it scratches easily. #obvious.
If anyone says they are excited about the iPhone 7 not having the audio jack, they are lying. I can’t defend the idea to remove the input because I don’t completely understand it. Apple provided a few reasons for the move beginning with marketing chief, Phil Schiller, referring to it as, “Courage. The courage to move on and do something better for all of us.” Who exactly is us, Phil? Another reason is the audio jack is analog, as if music over Bluetooth or through the lightning connector will sound better. It won’t. The only other reason that has an ounce of logic is that it frees up space inside the phone.
I’m not all that surprised that Apple is ditching the worldwide standard 3.5mm input to replace it with something proprietary. Apple is at least providing a 3.5mm to lightning adapter along with earpods that have a lightning connector with the 7. Of course people are complaining that you won’t be able to listen to music and charge your phone at the same time. Is it that big of a deal, really? No doubt the phone accessory gurus are rushing adapters to solve this very issue. Yes it will be something else you have to buy, or you could you spend $159 on the new Airpods, Apple’s wireless earbuds. They are said to have a five hour battery life. The airpods case is also a charger, which means on top of the likelihood of losing the things, you have to carry around the case to keep them charged.
Having said all that, I’m considering getting the 7. I’ve had my 5s for a little more than 2.5 years and I’m ready for an upgrade. I’ve already discussed my storage woes and the iPhone 7 starts at 32GB. I may go with 128GB model just in case, though. I understand Apple isn’t going to reinvent the cell phone every year or even every few years, but I was hoping for something more than ditching the audio jack.