What’s all the fuss about a jack?

Adel Gabot



It’s the eve of the September 2016 Apple iPhone event, and everyone’s buzzing about the iPhone 7—and whether or not it’ll retain the 3.5mm headphone port that’s been rumored to be removed, in favor of using headsets with a lightning jack instead. Or some new wireless kind that Apple is pushing, most likely Bluetooth-based.

I say, what’s the big deal?

I own at least a dozen headsets of various configurations with that 3.5mm jack, and to be honest, I don’t ever use any of them with the iPhone. I use them with the audio gear in the house, sure, but never ever with my phone. And I do that for a couple of good reasons: 1) wired headsets bug me when I’m out and about (I always get entangled in that wired mess) and 2) I just simply hate using wired buds.

For the iPhone, I’d gotten used to using Bluetooth wireless earphones, so that 3.5mm jack on my phone has to my knowledge never been jacked into at all. I’m comfortable with absolutely no wires tethering me to my phone, and I like it that way. The jack might as well not be there at all, as far as I was concerned.

I know all the arguments against the current Bluetooth audio technology, that they’re just this side of noisy, and they often cut in and out and have audio artifacts littering the soundstage. Yes, but largely that’s been improved with the current crop of headsets, and they’re just a slight annoyance now, if anything.

In a week of constant usage, I’ll have brief dropouts maybe once or twice, no more. It’s fine. I’d use my wired ones listening to symphonies on my home stereo, but when I’m on the road, it’s just my wireless ones. It’s only for a damn phone, for goodness sake!

So I have no problems at all if Apple decided to leave out that 3.5mm jack on their latest model of iPhone. Junk the jack for all I care. More power to you if you do!

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