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Should Smartphones Keep the Headphone Jack?

By January 24, 2017No Comments

Once again, Apple created a lot of buzz when they released the iPhone 7 without a headphone jack. Why doesn’t the iPhone 7 have an audio jack? Is this a trend, and if so, why are phones getting rid of headphone jacks?

Here’s what you need to know about the iPhone 7’s headphone jack removal and phones without headphone jack ports built in.

Why Doesn’t the iPhone 7 Have an Aux Connection?

So why doesn’t the iPhone 7 have a jack? In part, it’s simply another effort by Apple to stay on the cutting edge. Apple is trying to spearhead a movement to make the digital experience more immersive and less reliant on physical hardware. The goal is to make the audio portion of the experience feel like part of you, rather than part of the machine.

With the iPhone 7, you’ll use their AirPods, which can connect through a lightning connector, or you’ll use Bluetooth-enabled wireless headphones. This gives the iPhone 7 a few advantages. One, you’ll have a more streamlined product. Not having to put in that extra port gives Apple more freedom to reduce the size of your iPhone. Two, it makes the iPhone 7 a unique product, at least for now, compared to competitors. Three, you don’t have to worry about getting tangled in those headphone wires any more. If you’ve been tempted to go wireless but haven’t had the courage, Apple is giving you a push.

What Is the Downside to the iPhone 7 Not Having a Jack?

The downside to the iPhone 7’s lack of a traditional headphone jack is obvious. If you’re the type of person who is used to plugging your headphones directly into the phone and you are comfortable with that setup, being forced to move to a non-jack/wireless connection may be frustrating, especially if all of the headphones you own require a traditional Aux connection. You may now have to go out and buy wireless headphones — which, of course, is an added expense.

Also, you may struggle with Bluetooth, finding you have difficulty connecting your devices or that you lose connection unexpectedly. Any technology can have difficulties from time to time, but if you’re not used to this kind of audio connection, it could be especially frustrating.

Will More Cellphones Be Losing the Headphone Jack?

In all likelihood, they will. If the iPhone 7 experiment is successful, there’s no reason to believe that other cell phone manufacturers won’t follow suit. All cell phone manufacturers aren’t going to lose their headphone jacks overnight — you should still have plenty of options for configuring your phone’s audio for some time — but the wave of the future may well be headphone-jack-free cell phones.

What Does It All Mean?

Well, if you’re interested in getting an iPhone 7, it means getting used to no headphone jack. It may also mean investing in new wireless headphones, and you might want to consider selling your old cell phone to get the cash to buy them.

An easy way to do this is through The Whiz Cells. We’re an electronics reseller that gets you fast cash just for sending us your old phone. Just go to our website now, provide the information about your phone for a fast price, then ship your phone to us for free for a quick payment. Once you’ve got the cash, you’re free to use it towards a new iPhone, some wireless headphones, or whatever you want!