Anonymous, 21 Jan 2018Removing the wire and voliá you have even more freedomYou made me laugh. Thank you ^_^ .
It's unbelievable when this good option (3.5mm Jack. H) is simple, easy to use, budget friendly.. Can I have better replacements instead 3.5mm of hole!? Can you give me exclusive USB type c or HDMI exclusively to use for headphones/earphones!? Answer the question it is: No
I don't really care if they remove it or not I never use it so, also in the vote they should have included the don't care option
The short answer is NO and 83% of readers here and elsewhere say so. It's one of the few timeless inventions and has been so successful because of its simplicity and versatility. Don't like the headsets the airlines give you? Use your own. Until the USB-C is adopted universally like the 3.5mm jack it'll remain another unwanted trend that Crapple popularized against consumers wishes.
Anonymous, 21 Jan 2018Removing the wire and voliá you have even more freedomNonsense!
I don't want to be a slave of another device that needs recharging (Ummm, cables! Carrying around chargers/cables ) and needs to be replaced as soon as the battery starts dying. And not to mention my car stereo where i'll still need a dongle too, so that means even more cables/adapters.
Pure insanity AND total lack of freedom.
Yaheer, 21 Jan 2018Love my 3.5 jack and freedom.Removing the wire and voliá you have even more freedom
Is removing the headphone jack right now the right move, imo no. When Bluetooth headsets can give the same quality and price to it's wired counter part then maybe, and that's a hard maybe, battery life, Bluetooth version also come into play aswell. For those saying oh the iPhone is trailblazing, apple could remove the camera and their users would still buy it
harwey, 21 Jan 2018I think a 3.5mm jack isn't only issue here.Going wireless is the future,huge amount of bluetoo... moreI like my headphones to work 10h without recharge.. And to still work the next day...
If people are going to ditch 3.5mm audio jack, why dont they removes altogether USB Type-C and any port build unto the phone to make it easier to be more water and dust resistant. Why we need ti have IP68 if we can have IP69 phone?
But with the removal of audio jack, Apple still got ip67 instead of ip68. Some phone who still keeping audio jack can make it into ip68. How ironic. What a shame to these lame excuses.
ET - the real one, 21 Jan 2018That's the issue with tech: why do we NEED to ditch it at all? Driving costs up and getting no... moreThe thing ppl dont get is that usb and wireless headsets still NEED a dac (digital to analog conversion) but inside the headset. Ie it's still analog because humans listen to analog waves produced by speakers. But even this is too complicated for some to understand...
Anonymous, 21 Jan 2018So when will we ditch the minijack? In 2044?
The iPhone leads the way in terms of sales, and ... moreThat's the issue with tech: why do we NEED to ditch it at all? Driving costs up and getting no advantage? That's what wired USB-C headphones do.
The connector has been used for like 70 years (yes, it came around the 50s for transistor radios) for many reasons. The reasons being (if I'm not forgetting something even):
2-Does the job for up to 5 connectors;
3-Cannot insert the wrong way - it's round after all;
4-Can be moved during usage by rotating it freely without cutting the connection;
5-Can be made super reliable even in very cheap form;
6-It IS small, phone manufacturer's ain't convincing me these 6" stupidly big slabs have no room for it.
I do not understand the fetish of getting rid of things for no advantage just cause "OLD". Just let it be old, it does the job better than new stuff.
DO NOT come with "hurr durr floppy drives" as it has absolutely 0 relevance. Floppies were replaced by more reliable, higher capacity, faster media, by both CDs and USB flash drives and memory cards. MMC cards in phones were replaced by Micro SD cards that are smaller and provide the same function, while still being backwards compatible with MMC with adapters, meanwhile you wouldn't want to put that 128MB MMC in your new phone now would you? This justifies a change that CAN have some backwards impact, but in reality has not because of how the previous device actually IS outdated.
HDMI replaced SCART, S-Video, RGB and RCA jacks on video (and in cases audio) because all these previous connectors just COULDN'T handle the current video standards, RGB is the only one that comes close. With 5 RCA jacks you managed 1080i with stereo sound, but not more, and it WAS a hassle to plug 5 jacks in correct places instead of 1 connector. And yes, HDMI still is less reliable so it's not all roses.
Incandescent lamps were replaced by LEDs and CCFLs, in some cases HID bulbs, because they're more efficient at producing light, last longer, and are direct replacements without needing to change sockets. For dimmers, where LEDs and CCFLs don't work, HID halogen lamps still do.
THIS, is progress. There was a reason for those changes.
Now, if I have to replace a simple, cheap, reliable and convenient connector with something else, it better be a LOT better, and I doubt we can find that. No, USB-C doesn't. It's only advantage is working for more stuff. At the price of everything else. And then, when I don't need anything else than 3 connections or at most 4, of just... well.. analog electrical signal, why would I ever need something else?
I think a 3.5mm jack isn't only issue here.Going wireless is the future,huge amount of bluetooth ear/head-phones are available and I believe most of them are actually very crapy products,hugely overpriced too.Talking about stereo sound quality of music.Bigger issue is the audio circuitry inside the phones,or lack of any.A proper headphone amplifier and a dedicated quality DAC are things missing from vast majority of phones.As a sound engineer I do laugh at people who spend $300+ on very bad headphones,like say those Beats Studio and they expect quality sound.Lg,Htc do deserve some praise for investing some $$ in audio section inside the phones,or great example Zte Axon 7.If manufacturers would start to value the audio section the same as display or camera on our phones,we'll all hear huge benefit.And by then wireless ear/head-phones will become (way) better and cheeper...
JonHolstein, 21 Jan 2018Digital connection right to the headphones or higher quality DAC+Headphone amps, that can actu... moreWell there's the HiFi argument and it is valid, but for me even with the hi standards in audio reproduction I still prefer plugging just headphones without additional adapters, bulk and all that unnecessary crap. Audio should evolve trough internal components IMO and just be practical when you're on to go.
With so many new phones releases the manufactures are struggling to find innovations, so they have to simulate one since the list is getting shorter .
Why in a God's name should we use wireless headphones and pay for the same SQ triple amount of cash ? It's a trend and we all know how that works.
Yaheer, 21 Jan 2018Love my 3.5 jack and freedom.I love mine too
Anonymous, 21 Jan 2018no jack means less cables means less untangling means a happier me. Come on Daily reminder that my PC has like 20+ ports and I only use like 3 cables connected to it all the time. 4 when I use a mic or USB cable.
Having the jack doesn't impede you from using Bluetooth you know, I've been doing this since 2010. It's not like the presence of the jack mandates it to be used always
I have 11 pairs of headphones of wich 10 of them are wired and just 1 is bluetooth and tha't 'cause they have too many isues with the only one i have is a Gear icon X but is 'cuase they are ligth weigth, pretty confortable, and they -beside Theodore regular use as a headphone- they could work as a standalone digital player and that's a big plus ir you ask me, the point here is that having options is good, and bluetooth headphones are good as an options but not as a norm, the idea that much of us have is "polyvalence", so the same hardware importante use here -my handset- importante want to use it in other areas, as my Walkmans, -many of them actually- and they could handle bluetooth headphones but is ridiculous to have a diferent headphone for a diferent divice when you could have something nice'n'easy that works with everything.