Now we know that iPhone 7 doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack. But why Apple killed Headphone Jack?
Apple’s Phil Schiller explained why Apple killed Headphone jack. Phil Schiller is senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple.
Schiller said that “courage to move on” was one of those reasons. Apple engineers decided they could take the technology forward if they got rid of the antiquated analog audio connector.
Apple also saw that it could use the digital audio feature of the lightning connector (which you use to charge the smartphone) to deliver better quality.
But Schiller also said that Apple engineers saw that space was at a premium inside the device, with two cameras and other high-end technology vying for room in the packed enclosure. There was no room left for an antiquated connector that takes up a lot of space.
Lastly, Apple introduced its AirPods. These are wireless headphones. It takes a lot less space and doesn’t have wires that get all tangled up.
“We have a vision for how audio should work on mobile devices — wireless,” Schiller said.
And for those who don’t want to move to the new gadgets, you can use an adapter that plugs an old headphone into the lightning connector.
Lastly, Schiller said that ditching the headphone jack paves the way for Apple’s new wireless earbud technology.
“It makes no sense to tether ourselves with cables to our mobile devices,” he told the audience. “But until someone takes on these challenges, that’s what we do.”