“If recent rumors are to be believed, Apple is about to do something that will make a lot of users very angry: remove the standard headphone jack from the iPhone 7,” Chris Smith writes for BGR.

“Many people argue they don’t need thinner phones and that Apple should not remove the headphone jack and replace regular 3.5mm headphones with wireless or Lightning-based ones,” Smith writes. “But a new theory that makes plenty of sense explains the real reason Apple is considering ditching the 3.5mm jack: Yes, it’s about size, but not the iPhone’s thickness.”

Smith writes, “San Francisco-based designer Matt Galligan said in a post on Medium that the real reason Apple is dumping the old standard port is that it needs more screen space in future-generation iPhones.”

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“Everywhere I look articles are referencing Apple’s obsession with thinnness to be the likely culprit. I can’t blame them really, that would be a very easy first conclusion to jump to,” Matt Galligan writes for Medium. “But I’ll argue something completely different: Whether in this upcoming iteration or a subsequent one, the reason for Apple getting rid of the headphone jack has nothing to do with thinness at all.”

“Instead of jumping straight to the most obvious answer as to the jack’s demise, we could look just a little deeper…specifically into Apple’s patent history,” Galligan writes. “For that we can look at Patent Application #US 20150178542 A1 otherwise known as ‘Finger biometric sensor including drive signal level updating and related methods’ and its sibling #US 20150036065 A1 ‘Fingerprint Sensor in an Electronic Device.'”

“It’s all about internal space,” Galligan writes. “Touch ID will move to the screen itself and by eliminating the space necessary to house the headphone jack, the iPhone’s home button might look more like the pill-shaped buttons on the sides of the phone, or perhaps be eliminated altogether. After all, the iPhone 6s gave us 3D Touch multitasking, replacing multitasking’s reliance on the home button. The phones will become shorter, and likely easier to handle. One could even envision a day when the phone has no physical buttons, and it simply a display in a sealed enclosure.”

MacDailyNews Take: Another patent of interest is Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 8,655,004: “Sports monitoring system for headphones, earbuds and/or headsets.”

Apple’s patent abstract: A monitoring system that can be placed proximate to the head or ear of a user is disclosed. According to one embodiment, the monitoring system can be used with headphones, earbuds or headsets. The monitoring system can, for example, be used to monitor user activity, such as during exercise or sporting activities. The positioning of the monitoring system can also facilitate sensing of other user characteristics (e.g., biometric data), such as temperature, perspiration and heart rate. The monitoring system can also be used to control a an electronic device. In one embodiment, the monitoring system facilitates user control of the electronic device using head gestures. More info here.

From your ear to your wrist in the blink of an eye™.

Plus, if you’d prefer no wires at all, you can do as we do and just go Bluetooth. We’ve been using wireless Jaybirds for some time now (currently the Jaybird X2 Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones). They’re easy to charge, light and comfortable, and work perfectly with our Apple Watches and iPhone 6s Plus units.

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MacDailyNews Take:

The iPhone is Steve Jobs’s attempt to crack a juicy new market for Apple Inc. But it’s also part of a decades-long campaign by Mr. Jobs against a much broader target: buttons.

The new Apple cellphone famously does without the keypads that adorn its rivals. Instead, it offers a touch-sensing screen for making phone calls and tapping out emails. The resulting look is one of the sparest ever for Apple, a company known for minimalist gadgets. While many technology companies load their products up with buttons, Mr. Jobs treats them as blemishes that add complexity to electronics products and hinder their clean aesthetics…

The spirit of simplicity extends even to Apple retail stores. The elevator in Apple’s popular Tokyo store, for instance, has no floor buttons. It stops on every floor of the four-story building. “I got used to this,” said Hiroshi Kawano, 40-year-old employee of a printing firm, on a recent visit to the store. “It’s simple, and I like it.”

At an Apple event two years ago, Mr. Jobs mocked the complexity of traditional remote controls for consumer-electronics products, including “media center” computers designed by Microsoft Corp. and its partners. He showed an image comparing media center remotes that had more than 40 buttons each next to a new Apple remote control for playing movies and music on Macs. The Apple remote had just six buttons.

“I don’t know that there’s ever been a slide that captures what Apple’s about as much as this one,” he said. Mr. Jobs was wearing the button-free long-sleeve black shirt that has been his trademark at public appearances.

When asked on stage at a recent conference sponsored by The Wall Street Journal whether there was any debate internally about the decision to include a virtual keyboard with the iPhone instead of a physical one, Mr. Jobs had a suitably minimalist answer.

“None,” he said.Nick Wingfield, The Wall Street Journal, July 25, 2007

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