iPhone 7 launch is slated for today and everyone is talking about the changes expected. The biggest one is that Apple is likely to get rid of the ugly jack and the dangling from ears wires that remind one of the last century and the Sony Walkmans that people used to flaunt. This is the digital age and wires are so last century! Any company that is not thinking about getting rid of wires is not thinking straight.
However, the question is, if the 3.5 millimeter analog jack is removed, will users still be able to enjoy the music and get thrilled by watching the videos? Quality of sound through wireless tech is not a problem. The listening pleasure is as great and no one should worry on that score.
The other problem that the company will face is whether the smartphone users will like to carry a separate unit such as Bluetooth. If not that, then what else will Apple put in box for listening pleasure of the users or will it actually charge extra. Or, will it move the entire tech to the other available receptacle apart from the one for the jack. So, good bye Apple earbuds!
That wireless tech is big on Apple’s radar has been clear for quite some time – it bought Beats Electronics which is an expert in this for $3 billion. The tech is not new, but the uses it can be put to is quite limited in scope at the moment. Will this be another moment where Apple will push itself ahead of the curve?
While the iPhone 7 is unlikely to change the looks much, it is expected to raise the performance by tinkering with the innards with faster processors, higher memory and better cameras. The look of the phone is expected to be changed in at least a year’s time, when the next iPhone (8) is likely to be launched.
Removing the jack will enable Apple not just to ensure the smartphone becomes waterproof, it will also allow it to be thinner and perhaps free up space for other uses. That is a lot of space and can be used in various innovative ways.
Sure, the move may not appeal to many, but that has never been a deterrent for Apple anytime in the past and is not expected to stop in the future if it thinks it can add more value for the user. And since Apple does things on its own, users may not be able to use so many other headphones on the iPhone 7.
It after all preferred to bring in the Lightning port in 2012 and phase out the old power (30-pin charging port) and willingly faced the consequences. Its ability to walk it alone has been as amazing as its strength in effecting these changes.