“Gone, officially, is the headphone jack from Apple’s new iPhone. Retired. Dead. Defunct,” Amy X. Wang writes for Quartz. “As much as users are griping (already) about the disappearance of the 3.5mm jack, which is widely used across many digital devices including Apple’s own laptops, the new options for listening to audio on iPhones — either headphones that plug into the iPhone 7’s Lightning port or wireless ear pieces — are infinite improvements in sound quality.”

“Apple designed its custom Lightning port to supply much more power to headphones than the traditional 3.5mm jack, so the new iPhones are inviting smoother data transference as well as the opportunity for headphone makers to introduce new, innovative features,” Wang writes. “Lightning-connecting headphones and wireless headphones both offer superior quality over what you can get out of the 3.5mm jack.”

“But to the average music listener, does that really make a noticeable difference? The short answer is yes, it does; users who’ve tested high-end Lightning-compatible headphones report a completely reimagined listening experience, with sounds coming through in ‘crystalline,’ ‘tangible,’ and ‘expansive’ form,” Wang writes. “Audio engineers are actually applauding Apple for scrapping the headphone jack, and the decision should delight hardcore music enthusiasts who’ve complained for years about mediocre sound quality coming out of their iPhones.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Good riddance, you 3.5mm anachronism!

Only Apple has the guts to push, push, and push some more.

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]