A Few Thoughts On The Removal Of The Headphone Jack

The 3.5mm headphone jack is based on a piece of technology thats over 100 years old. In that time technology has made leaps and bounds forwards. So why should we keep this ancient piece of technology around?

The headphone jack has one purpose and that is to play audio. And I understand company's like Square were using it for other things but those are hacks, and are not meant for what that port is for. So why in 2016 should we keep around something has has only one purpose, thus taking up space and not allowing us to allocate that space to new technology. People have been complaining for years that the iPhones battery doesn't last long enough, well thanks to the removal of the headphone jack now the battery last longer.

Taking jumps is the only true way to move technology forward and evolve as a civilization. We as a species could crawl if we wish, but I think we would be stuck back in the bronze age. It's company's like Apple that understand this and are pushing towards a better future.

They did not remove this port to make people mad, they did it so that other company will get on board making wireless audio truly better. Now I have not tried Apples Airpods but from what I can see of demo they do work as Apple says, that is a jump forward. And if you truly don't like it then buy an Android phone or an iPod, I think Apple still sales those.

I am going to take a quick sidebar to also mention a lot of news outlets have been quick to bash Apple because its easy page clicks for them. What they forgot to mention is that in the box there are a new pair of Earpods that connect to the lightening port and and adapter in the box to go from lightening to 3.5mm headphone jack.

Apple Event Predictions For Sept. 7th

Apple announced a keynote for September 7th today. It is quite obvious that it will be in regards to then new iPhone and maybe a few other products. I put together a list of all my event predictions.

  • The plus model will have duel camera system.
  • The new iPhone will come in a blue model.
  • No headphone jack. (time to accept this one people and welcome or new Bluetooth overlords)
  • Apple Watch 2 will be announced but will ship later this year.
  • The new iPhone will start at a 32 GB model. (Finally)
  • No physical home button. (there will be a dedicated force touch area for these interactions where the home button was)
  • I will not be called the iPhone 7. My guess is iPhone 6 SE and iPhone 6 SE Plus.
  • And finally I hate to say this one because it needs to happen soon, but no new Macs.

Apple Music Gets A Revamp

According to Bloomberg Apple Music will be getting a major revamp and 9 to 5 Mac who has a great track recorded says the app is due a for a full overhaul. Apple is suppose to be focusing on features like lyrics, black and white design, and artwork. I will wait to pass judgment until I see it, but this is great news for those of us that stuck with Apple Music after the three month trial.

To be honest I am not a big fan of any one streaming service, I find all of the layouts very cumbersome. I don't ever use Apple Music Connect or Radio, though I doubt they will drop those feature I wouldn't mind being able to hide the features I don't use. So if Apple does makes a solid UI in the app I will be very excited. Right now I mostly use Apple Music with Siri, and that for me is the biggest compelling feature to keep Apple Music around. Reports say we will see something come June at WWDC.

PRO Tip: If you go into the restriction in the settings app and turn off Apple Music Connect it will be replaced by the far more useful playlist button.