The headphone jack has been under a lot of scrutiny as late. Leaks of the new iPhone happening almost daily, one thing keeps popping up, a lack of a headphone jack. iPhone users keep questioning what this means for the future. Bluetooth headphones? Adapters for their current headphones? Headphones that plug in to their lightening port?
One thing that is pretty obvious is that this is a cash grab by Apple. By pushing users away from standardizes tech, and in to the proprietary lightning jack, Apple has now made it to where users will either need wired headphones made by manufacturers who are paying licensing fees to Apple, or users will need to use an easily lost adapter sold by Apple, or manufacturers licensing the connector port technology from Apple. In other words, Apple has found another way to get more money from their customers, while adding nothing but bother to the customer’s experience.
But Apple is not the only one.
CNET reported today that the new Moto Z does away with the headphone jack as well. The difference here is that Motorola is using standard tech in that the headphone adapter (included in box) connects to a USB-C port. I wonder how many of these adapters a typical user will lose? CNET’s impression of this design decision can be summed up in one word they used as a photo caption.
Throughout all the discussion of the future of the headphone jack, I feel there is something that just hasn’t been talked about enough.
You know what im talking about. That’s satisfying snap you get when placing the plug im the port. The headphone jack is different from a lightening port or a USB port. It grabs that plug. It grabs it and holds it. You know your headphone plug has been seated correctly by that snap. And more importantly than the sound we get from it, it keeps that plug in place. We’ve all experienced a time when our headphones have come unplugged. It’s quite annoying. We’ve always all experienced many more times when we’ve pulled a little too hard on that cable, but the headphone jack held firm. We also know that lightening ports and USB ports just don’t do that.
Imagine going throughout a day of activity with your headphones connected via one of these weak connections. How often do you think you’ll be plugging your headphones (or adapter) back in to your phone. Imagine how many phone calls will be disconnected by users using their barely connected headphones.
I’ll just keep my standard plug thank you very much.