No 3.5mm headphone jack for Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro

“In a bold move, Apple dropped the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 last month,” Mac Authority writes. “Apple will do the same for the 2016 MacBook Pro.”

“Eliminating the century-old headphone jack frees up space for a lightning port,” Mac Authority writes. “This new MacBook Pro release in 2016 is long over-due, with a year having passed since the last MacBook Pro update.”

“Evidence for the new MacBook design first surfaced when it was revealed that Apple has been quietly surveying customers about their habits with the headphone jack on the current MacBook Pro. This is pretty strong evidence that the 2016 MacBook will be headphone-jackless – which makes sense from a consistency stand point,” Mac Authority writes. “Apple prides itself on consistency across products. As it discontinues the headphone on the iPhone, it’s very likely that this will apply cross platform. Apple won’t duplicate efforts to manufacture both wired and wireless headphones to go with its product lines.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We shall soon see, but we wouldn’t miss the antiquated 3.5mm headphone jack if Apple did replace it with the much more capable Lightning port.

49 Comments

  1. The new MBP will be replacing my iMac.. at my desk hooked up to external monitor speakers etc.
    no 3.5 mm jack on the mbp, now I’ll have to buy an adapter just for speakers.

    On the road, have to bring the adapter. That’s going to be a pain.

    iPhone, I use Bluetooth. Doesn’t bother me it’s gone.
    Laptop/desktop the 3.5mm jack is very useful.

            1. Actually, it’s the perfect analogy.

              The floppy disk was used everywhere, when Apple removed it from Macs. Now it isn’t used anywhere, thanks to Apple. The same as it shall be with the antiquated 3.5mm headphone jack.

            2. A reliable, driver free, license free device connection compared to a storage medium that was slow and unreliable. Yeah, that’s a fair comparison. FAR from “perfect”.

              The floppy disc was not used everywhere, it was used in computers. The headphone jack is used everywhere from cell phones and music players, to televisions, clock radios, home stereos, CD/DVD players, medical devices, etc. There is even one on my Playstation 4 controller (that connects to the PS4 via bluetooth).

            3. Yes, most software had gone to CD-ROM or DVD-ROM at the time. A few programs were sold on-line. Then when Apple started ditching the optical disc, most software was online or soon would be. The headphone jack is everywhere and will be for awhile. It’s certainly far more common than ridiculous Thunderbolt headphones. Apple might have had a better case for dropping it had they adopted USB-C for the iPhone and used that for headphones. THAT would have been a step in the right direction for both the phone and headphones since they would work on newer laptops too. The idea of Thunderbolt jacks on a computer seems ridiculous.

        1. Wow ‘cynic’ doesn’t do you justice. Why not slag them off for something they may or may not do in 5 years, after all you clearly don’t need anything as unnecessary as evidence to back it up. Do they allow you to vote too?

    1. Perhaps you could buy a bunch of those $30 adaptors.. Lightning to HDMI, lightning to SD Card, lightning to USB with the camera connector kit, etc. Oh, and that $9 lightning to headphone adaptor.

      If you ever connect speakers to your computer, you’ll need one of those.

  2. Just a thought regarding “consistency” across products…not so with the power/sleep button between iPads and iPhones. I really have never liked the power button move on iPhone..it gets in the way at times, feels awkward to me (just stating opinion here)..and wish, if they are committed to consistency and user motor memory, that they would either put it back on top in the iPhone, or make the iPad like the phone and put it on the side.

    Regarding the MacBook..only time will tell, but people that do audio/video will be crabby about it, me thinks..at least till the adapter/dock/headphone industry catches up. Me personally, I prefer wired..but I’m getting old and realize my opinions are based on resistance to change and bad experiences with Bluetooth when Bluetooth was less reliable.

    1. A lot of sound engineers and DJ use Macbook Pros. They would have an issue unless an a Lightning port and adapter were included. They included them with the iPhone and I can’t see why the wouldn’t with MB Pro if they go that route.

        1. The Mac is also losing a digital SPDIF audio port inside the 3.5 mm connector. But SPDIF too is losing popularity.

          The truth behind this 3.5 mm audio conector is many artists or musicians want to improve the cheap audio “computer quality” that populated the world in the last 2 decades. And I think Apple is doing the right thing. The 3.5 conector is of very bad audio quality but we got use to it because it has being almost free.

        2. Of course, many audio professionals do not consider DJ’s to be “professional audio engineers”. Then again, they do not consider the ⅛” jack to be “professional”, either. OTOH, almost every pro sound system I’ve seen will have an ⅛” adapter cable laying around because people need to plug their phones into it. That said, having the extra lighting dongle won’t really make that much of a difference to a pro audio engineer. Doubt it will make much difference to a DJ, either. After all, even a low-end DJ system will set you back several thousand dollars (including the Mac). What’s $9 at that point?

  3. Dear Apple:
    Please include compatible EarPods with ALL Macs that lose the 3.5mm jack. You’ll save yourselves some major customer complaints. Oh and have a 3.5mm jack adapter as well. A LOT of users (me!) plug their Macs into home stereo systems.

    1. I’ll second that EarPods sentiment heartily!

      AirPort Express/AirPlay. Seriously. It’s well worth the money, and great for playing “song wars” with friends 🙂

  4. There really is no reason to remove such a cheap component on such a (relatively) large device (it’s not like the MBP is hurting for space).

    I use 3.5 mm wired headphones at work so as not disturb my coworkers. I guess I’ll be buying a pair of AirPods soon…

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