If Apple decides to get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7, they won’t be the first to do so. But the removal of it just might the most important to the industry. Usually when Apple does something that drastic, such as when they removed the optical disc drive from their laptop lines, the rest of the industry takes a turn to follow.
Recently the Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force both were released without a 3.5mm headphone jack. In some eyes the removal is a negative, while others just don’t seem to care. With bluetooth headphones becoming more frequently used, will people miss it? In my personal use, I enjoy using a regular set of 3.5mm headphones because I don’t have to worry about syncing them and most importantly I don’t have to worry about charging another item or carry around another cable. No one really wants to listen to audio through the built-in speakers and it’s annoying when your headphones run out of juice.
Everyone’s solution: the use of an adapter that is plugged directly into the charging port. Yes, another cable to carry around. In the iPhone’s case, this means it would be a 3.5mm-to-lightning dongle.
Will every manufacturer include this adapter dongle in the box?
Maybe. Motorola included it with their Moto Z and Moto Z Force but this doesn’t mean that Apple or others will do the same.
How much will it cost to buy or replace?
Motorola doesn’t have a solution yet to replace their own adapter once it’s lost or broken. What you get in the box is what you get. Apple is for sure going to have replacements available, but at what cost? Will they charge $20 or even $30 for this little piece of plastic? I’m sure we will find out once it is released in the usual month of September, if it is even a real thing.
The leaked video by Tinhte.vn below and the photos above (from the video) seem to be a clear sign that the adapter is most likely real.
What are your thoughts? Would you be okay with this new trend in devices. Please speak up in the comments below.