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Wozniak Admits Apple Was Courageous to Kill the Headphone Jack

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Apple Inc. co-founder, Steve Wozniak has been a great critic (not cynic) dashing out a mix of praise and skepticism as necessary on the iPhone maker’s actions and inactions. When news broke that Tim Cook has decided to ax the 3.5mm jack from the iPhone 7, the Woz was skeptical and he maintained, “if it’s missing the 3.5mm earphone jack, that’s going to tick off a lot of people“.

Woz was right, the removal of the 3.5mm jacked ticked off many people and there were cries to bring back the jack. In fact, some folks went as far as trying to hack their way to the 3.5mm jack by drilling a hole in their iPhone 7. However, the lightning port doubling as the EarPod port in the iPhone 7 has started to win people over and Steve Wozniak is among the first bunch of people to change their stance.

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Woz admits that Apple was right to kill the headphone jack

Steve Wozniak is one of the biggest Apple fans, he has quite a collection of different models of the iPhone and he is often first in line to buy a new model. Tech Radar reports that he currently uses both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Woz now thinks that Tim Cook’s move to use the lightning port for audio is smart, right and timely.

He noted that the elimination of the headphone jack speaks of innovation and Apple won’t be unique if it wasn’t bringing innovative tech to the market. He also noted that he doesn’t miss the headphone jack, in his words “not that many people used it, I never used it. For those who do use it, you can buy a little adaptor dongle.”

Wozniak’s newfound love for the use of the lightning port for audio also confirms the words of Phil Schiller, who handles marketing at Apple. Schiller has noted that the decision to ax the 3.5mm jack took a whole lot of ‘Courage’. He noted that “maintaining an ancient, single-purpose, analog, big connector doesn’t make sense because that space is at a premium”.

Here’s what the Woz thinks about other Apple products

On the Apple Watch, Wozniak was initially skeptical about the Apple Watch and he blasted the device in a Reddit AMA in March. In his words “The band’s the only difference? Well this isn’t the company that Apple was originally, or the company that really changed the world a lot.”

However, Wozniak seems to have changed his mind about the device. He says, “I’ve come to like my Apple Watch more…. I actually forgot to wear it today and I want to use it just for seeing the time, if nothing else.” He also noted that the Watch is more than a fancy device for checking the time. In his words, “I use it enough in my life for things … I enjoy using it and having it. And when I don’t use it, I don’t even know it’s there.”

Apple suffered a big blow with the demise of Steve Jobs and the firm is slowly trying to regain its innovative edge. Perhaps, the return to innovation led to the killing of the classic 3.5mm jack; sadly, Jobs is not here to give his thoughts about Apple’s ‘Courage’ or ‘Arrogance’. Nonetheless Steve Wozniak is still here; and even though Woz is no Jobs, his thoughts on Apple’s current products and directions counts because is a founding member the brain behind the firm’s deviation from the tech norm of his days.

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Victor Alagbe is a seasoned business and finance writer with a specialty in writing about how to invest for the long-term in healthcare, pharmacology, energy and tech stocks. His long-term focus is on stocks that provide a nice mix of growth and income. For the short term, he passionately writes about trading stock options for the excitement and leverage that stock options offer.

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