“Apple’s senior VP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller said that it took ‘courage’ on the part of the Cupertino giant to drop the ‘ancient’ single-use headphone jack from the iPhone and roll that functionality into the Lightning port,” Adrian Kingsley-Hughes writes for ZDNet.

“Whether that comment made you roll your eyes, facepalm, or laugh outright at such a blatant act of self-aggrandizement and grandiosity (or all three),” Kingsley-Hughes writes, “I do have to admit that Apple is one of the very few companies that would be willing to do something so disruptive and take a short-term hit in order to move technology forward.”

“The headphone jack is now toast,” Kingsley-Hughes writes, “But it’s hardly the first technology that Apple has consigned to the tech graveyard over the years. Let’s list just a few…”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple leads. All others follow at a distance. As usual.

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