Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is reportedly getting rid of the headphone jack. In an effort to sway the tech industry into a certain direction, the tech titan is removing the audio jack from its iPhone 7, which is set to be unveiled next month. Not everyone is pleased of this news, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who is urging the company to reconsider this move.
Apple Inc. Co-Founder Wants Headphone Jack to Stay
Steve Wozniak has a stern warning for Apple: you’re going to make a lot of people unhappy if you eliminate the headphone jack from your iPhones.
Speaking in an interview with the Australian Financial Review on Wednesday, Wozniak showcased his frustration with the rumors that Apple would erase the audio jack from the iPhone 7. He stated that he would never use Bluetooth because he isn’t too fond of wireless.
“If it’s missing the 3.5 millimeter earphone jack, that’s going to tick off a lot of people,” the Apple co-founder told the newspaper.
“Mine have custom ear implants, so they fit in so comfortably, I can sleep on them and everything. And they only come out with one kind of jack, so I’ll have to go through an adapter. I would not use Bluetooth … I don’t like wireless. I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth, and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music.”
The rumors surrounding the iPhone 7 suggest that it will be very thin. It will be so thin that it may not have the necessary room to handle a headphone jack. This means users would have to connect their headphones through a Bluetooth or an adapter that connects to the charging port.
Wozniak thinks there’s two problems with that line of thinking: people don’t want to carry around an adapter and Bluetooth offers poor audio quality.
He further added that Apple should not take such major decisions to lightly as this one.
“If there’s a Bluetooth 2 that has higher bandwidth and better quality that sounds like real music, I would use it. But we’ll see. Apple is good at moving towards the future, and I like to follow that,” he said.
There you have it. One of the most important people to Apple’s history is also against tossing away the headphone jack.
Why Would Apple Inc. Shun the Audio Jack?
Many tech experts and analysts have wondered why exactly Apple would turn its back on the headphone jack. Ever since it was reported earlier this summer, the opinions surrounding this issue have been endless.
One of the most accepted ideas is that Apple wants to be the contrarian type. It wants to shift what the tech industry uses. In this case, Apple wants to steer the industry towards a world of wireless.
This isn’t the first time that Apple has done this. You just have to look to its history to see how contrarian Apple has been. And, oftentimes, that contrarian behavior has turned out rather well for the rest of us.
For instance, the computer industry relied on the floppy disk for so long. Apple changed this by introducing the rotating storage medium. Apple once again veered away from that to the CD-ROM drive. Apple has a history of always doing things differently. Since Apple is one of the most lucrative brands in the world, it’s safe to say that these bets have paid off.
Right now, we may scoff at the idea of a world without a headphone jack. Tomorrow, we may wonder why we ever used it in the first place.