Is it Wise for Apple to Abandon the Headphone Jack?

With the development of technology in the field of wireless headphones, there have been long surrounding rumours about Apple is going to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack completely and put forward the AirPods. Now, the cat is finally out of the bag.


It turns out that they will not be releasing the AirPods together with the new iPhone 7, but they are really abandonning the headphone jack and leaving only the lightning jack for charging and data transfer. However, they do provide a lightning headphone jack adaptor, showing that Apple, despite being arrogant, does understand that people are not yet ready to just dump their headphones and switch to wireless ones right away.


Nevertheless, is it really sufficient to pacify the crowd with just an adaptor? Here’s what people on Twitter says;


Apparently, many feel that they are losing a fundamental part of the device and are not appreciating Apple’s courage to change. Clearly, they are concerned that they will not be able to charge their phones while listening to music if they keep using their “traditional” headphones. Other than that, it seems many disapprove the design of AirPods ;



They are so small that one can lose them easily. There will definitely be many people looking for the function to locate their lost AirPods in the near future. What’s more, it’s not pretty. They look like heads of the electric toothbrush…


From the crowds’ reaction, it seems that Apple’s act in abandoning the headphone jack is not a wise one. However, they have always been trying to be the first in the field, and change takes time. When the wireless headphone technology (and design) improves, making the connectivity, sound and appearance more stable and attractive, there is no doubt that people will appreciate the transformation in time. The aux cord will then become a collective memory of the 90s kids.

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