Sorry but I still have no problem with an iPhone sans headphone jack


Okay, so I feel like I’m the only person on the planet who honestly sees zero impact in my life on an iPhone sans headphone jack. Seriously, I’m being 100% honest here and I’ve heard the complaints about it so I’ll address them both.

  1. Carrying a dongle – come on, IMHO this is complete BS. You’re okay carrying a laptop charger, iPhone charger, Apple Watch charger, Kindle Charger…but you can’t remember a simple dongle? I’m used to carrying things in my laptop bag, it’s not a new phenomenon, and the dongle is the smallest out of all the things I have to carry. Oh and for those of you that constantly lose a dongle, come on, can you really not be trusted to keep track of it? You deal with much more complicated things in your life than a little dongle that can fit anywhere.
  2. Not being able to charge while headphones are plugged in – I get this for some people…but I’m not one of these people. I’ve had iPhones for a LONG time now and I can’t remember the last time that I needed to charge my iPhone while also listening to music. I’ll be honest, I have Sonos all over my house and a 3 minute commute to work so I actually don’t use my iPhone for music all that often. A friend of mine who takes the train to and from work told me this is a deal-breaker for him because he frequently needs to charge his iPhone on his commute back from work. In that case I could see this being an issue…but still I feel like most people (especially those who work in offices) can keep their iPhones charged throughout the day.

One thing that I am is an audio nut, anyone who knows me can vouch for that. I know that the old 50 year-old headphone jack is a bit like the old VCR, it just doesn’t provide the same quality as modern technology. When you use the *free* dongle that Apple includes with every iPhone 7, your music actually sounds a whole lot better.

“The headphone jack is really quite limited,” says Dr Joshua Reiss, head of audio engineering research at Queen Mary University of London. “For the person who wants really great sound, using the Lightning port is much better than using the headphone jack.” (Source – Forbes)

So I’m sorry if I’m still the only guy on the block that isn’t bugged in the slightest by Apple removing 50 year-old technology from their state-of-the-art phone…but at least I have a reason behind why I don’t care.

What do you think? Is that headphone port a deal-breaker for you? Comment and let your voice be heard!

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • September 22, 2016, 9:01 pm


    I’ve been suffering from tinnitus and I need an app called White Noise to cover the annoying buzzing sound in my ears. Every night I sleep with my headphones on. For me being able to charge your phone while using headphones is a must.

  • Dave September 22, 2016, 9:32 pm

    For me the most important use case for charging while listening is flying any distance. Who wants to land with their battery low at the most important time they need the phone? And on international flights, its even worse — you’ll be out of juice. What I haven’t heard is whether there is a battery drain from the new wireless headphone — that could compound the problem.

    And remember that the first dongle is free — the rest are $9.00 plus shipping. How many of us are using only the original charger that came with our phone?

  • Nick September 22, 2016, 11:34 pm

    Its not really this change that bothers me but the whole IOS 10 changes that bother me most. Messages stink now. The camera in imessage is a postage stamp. My thumb is larger than the screen they give you. It wasnt thought out at all. Neither was the removal of swiping to unlock. The whole left side widget thing is messed up. I used to open my phone with my left thumb and actually text people and close it with my left middle finger WHILE doing something else with my right hand and now I cant do it. I have to think. I think the day that Apple makes me think is when its the beginning of the end. I never had to think about what I wanted to do – now I do. The gray backgrounds on the folders and the messages – horrendous. I wake up a lot in the middle of the night and I will always check my messages on the locked screen. I cant anymore. Its so bright that it blinds me – I cant read a darn thing. I cant even change the background of those messages so its all black like ios 9? The folder backgrounds? There are settings and tweaks for everything else……… Who thought all these things were good? I would love to turn off all the bells and whistles in imessage. I just want to text people – thats it. I dont need to draw or send kisses or anything. Fine if others want to – give people the option to switch it all off! As a software developer I know this is not a rocket science request. A setting and an IF statement. I wish I could back to ios 9.

  • joe September 23, 2016, 5:40 am

    Hello Morgan,

    One question, is normal in the US to offer condolences from friends domainers for the death of a loved one or another being, not an email is submitted leaving writing something good receive the condolences of death for example a mother

    My question is because I let him know you (By email, in a comment on a post just me and not get a response) than mine mother (RIP) died September 1, 2016 and you friend Morgan not send any email maybe that we are off US you do this little solidarity contribution sorry for what happened.

    Sorry if this is not the time to write here but do not know how to contact you for months.

    Best Regards


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