“Many are viewing the expected removal of the headphone socket from the iPhone 7 as a radical move, even by a company noted for its readiness to abandon what it considers to be legacy ports,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac. “But a fascinating chart put together by The Verge suggests that perhaps it’s not so radical after all.”

Lovejoy reports, “It shows that Apple typically supports a port, or I/O standard, for around 15 years.”

“The headphone socket has been in every Apple product since 1984 – some 32 years,” Lovejoy reports. “Given that Apple has supported it for twice as long as most everything else, perhaps we shouldn’t be quite so surprised.”

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MacDailyNews Take: If and when Apple removes the 3.5mm analog headphone jack, it’s because they can do so much more with a modern port than by wasting space for an anachronism which basically dates from 1878.

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