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Why I’m Not Happy that Apple Removed the Headphone Jack, Galaxy S8 to Remove the Headphone Jack As Well

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Yes, we all know that Apple removed the headphone jack with this years latest models of the iPhone, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Some people are not happy about this and I have to say that I am one of those people. To many people it isn’t a big deal and they’ll just buy ones without headphone jacks anyway because they like or don’t mind using bluetooth headphones.

Motorola also removed their headphone jack with the Moto Z even before Apple did with the iPhone 7. But Motorola doesn’t have the same impact and push that Apple does in terms of how technology is pushed forward. Apple’s latest MacBook Pro models with the Touch Bar hav only a headphone jack and USB-C ports. This leaves older USB and the SD card reader in the dust and many people are not happy about that even more so than the removal of the headphone jack in the iPhone. USB-C is still fairly new and is slowly being brought forward, but everyone has USB 2.0/3.0 type products for the most part.

I’m all for bringing onboard new things and ideas but I enjoy wired headphones and earphones with the headphone jack. This is one thing that the LG V20 is very proud of for sound quality purposes. Yes, bluetooth has been getting better. But I don’t like having to charge my headphones in order to listen to music or any audio and then being stuck with no headphones because they ran out of battery. Hopefully USB-C type headphones catch on more but then what if your phone runs out of battery. You can’t charge your phone and listen to audio at the same time with those type of headphones using the same port. Unless you use an adapter. The point of removing the headphone jack is to be more wireless, not create more adapters and cables for me to have to enjoy what I can simply do with the headphone jack.

Recent reports from SamMobile state that the Galaxy S8 could be ditching the headphone jack as well. This sounds to me like it’s going to be the new trend now. Although a larger battery to be in its place is a nice benefit if it is actually true. With the Galaxy S7 Edge having a fantastic and huge battery, I’m all for that. I remember being mad when Apple removed the CD drive and I’m perfectly fine with that now because we live in the digital-age where everything is downloaded instead of pulling it from physical media. Who knows, maybe later on the headphone jack won’t matter as much as I think it does now.

Removing the 3.5mm headphone jack enables Samsung to make the Galaxy S8 thinner while also freeing up more space inside for a bigger battery. Samsung may also integrate stereo speakers which some believe will be made in collaboration with Harman, a company that Samsung is acquiring for $8 billion. Perhaps the company will try to convince customers that this is a trade worth making. – SamMobile


Matthew Whitaker
Founder and owner of Swipe to Unlock News. Matthew's current daily driver is the frost colored 64GB Nexus 6p.