Apple VP calls 3.5mm headphone jack ‘a dinosaur,’ says ‘it’s time to move on’

“Apple VP Greg Joswiak is grinning as he holds up what is easily the smallest iPhone adapter I have ever seen,” John Paczkowski reports for BuzzFeed News. “iPod white and about the length of a matchstick, it’s designed to connect audio headphones with an industry standard 3.5-millimeter analog plug to the Lightning port on Apple’s newest iPhone, which no longer bears the industry standard jack they require to work.”

“‘This time, we’re putting an adapter in every box,’ Joswiak quips, a wry nod to the backlash evoked in 2012 the last time Apple killed a widely used iPhone port — a move that rendered thousands of peripherals designed to interact with it incompatible without a $29 adapter, and pissed off legions of people in the process,” Paczkowski reports. “Apple is arguing that the future of audio is wireless, that the world’s current assumptions about mobile audio are not only antiquated, but worthy of immediate abandonment.”

iPhone 7 with Apple's revolutionary AirPods
iPhone 7 with Apple’s revolutionary AirPods

“But right now that future comes with a price: You’ve got to leave behind the perfectly good headphones you own and you’ve got to purchase the new wireless ones as an iPhone accessory,” Paczkowski reports. “‘The audio connector is more than 100 years old,’ Joswiak says. ‘It had its last big innovation about 50 years ago. You know what that was? They made it smaller. It hasn’t been touched since then. It’s a dinosaur. It’s time to move on.'”

Apple's Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter (US$9.00)
Apple’s tiny Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter (US$9.00)

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s over. It’s done. You even got a free adapter, so quit yer bitchin’. Stick it on the end of your wired headphones and you’re good to go. It’s past time to move on. Let’s get the damn anachronism off iPads, iPods and Macs, too!

Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. — Steve Jobs

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  1. Just the facts for a moment …

    The thunderbolt port is vulnerable to lint and other debris that compromise the integrity of the connection due to the very small contact points. There is no disagreement the connector offers advanced functionality. There is also no disagreement that it fails with frequency.

    Every Apple brand 30 pin iDevice cable in use by my entire family still functions and the cable wraps never frayed. Every Apple brand thunderbolt iDevice cable in use by my entire family has failed and the cable wraps on several frayed.

    Just facts.

    1. My facts are completely the opposite. Every 30-pin wire I had before had a wire strain problem near the connector and had to be replaced, some multiple times. It didn’t help when my kids wrapped the wire tightly around their iPods…

      Since the lightning cable, I only replaced one of them for wire damage, and it was on the USB side of the wire. And we have had those for longer than the old 30-pin cables.

      Apparently, different people have different facts.

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