Apple Inc. rival Samsung uncovered various new products at an event in New York recently, including its latest phone – the Galaxy Note7. While showing off the features of their latest phone, Korean firm made it a point to mock Apple and the upcoming iPhone 7.
Samsung takes a jab at Apple’s decision
Apple’s much-awaited iPhone 7 is rumored not to include a headphone jack, and Samsung executives mocked this. Samsung marketing VP Justin Denison, who was on stage to describe the new Galaxy Note 7, made sure to underline the fact that Samsung’s latest smartphone has a headphone jack. He asked, “what to know what else it comes with?” He then added with a smirk “An audio jack. I’m just saying.” The audience laughed hearing his answer, says a report from MacRumors.
Although, Denison did not say Apple’s name on stage, but it is certain that his comments on the headphone jack were directed at US firm and its decision to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack in the future iPhones. In addition, Denison talked about the expandable storage in the device and its 3,500 mAh battery – the two features that supersede current iPhones.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 features a 4GB RAM, a 2,560 x 1,440 Super AMOLED dual curved display, and 4GB RAM in addition to an expandable storage, a large battery and a headphone jack. Also, the latest smartphone has a 12-megapixel rear camera, a USB-C connector, IP-68 waterproofing, wireless charging, and an iris scanner.
Apple never shy about abandoning tech
Apple Inc. is anticipated to reveal the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus in a month or less. Neither the iPhone 7 nor iPhone 7 Plus is expected to include a headphone jack. It is not certain why the tech giant has decided to eliminate the headphone jack, but its removal may contribute to better waterproofing or it may result in extra space that can be used for other components.
Apple’s upcoming iPhones are rumored to be better water resistant than the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. In addition, there are rumors that the upcoming iPhone include a flush “3D Touch” home button with haptic feedback capabilities.
Apple has never really been shy about abandoning technologies. So, it is a safe bet that the next-gen iPhone will ship without a 3.5mm headphone jack, a decision that has already engendered a lot of outrage and controversy. Apple Inc. has never let one controversy or tradition to influence or dictate their product roadmap, and this is proved by its decision to remove the floppy drive from iMac, and eradicate the 30-pin connector in favor of Lightning.
For Apple, eliminating the 3.5mm headphone is clearly risky, but it will be interesting to see if the tech giant has a superior replacement.