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.
- 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.
- 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!