iPhone 7, where’s the jack?


Mike McQueen, Multimedia Manager

Apple, the company that created the smartphone category, announced their newest mobile phone offering in the iPhone 7. According to Apple.com, it is offered in two screen sizes 4.7” and 5.5” just like it’s predecessors, the 6 and 6 plus. With the next generation A10 processor, it can be expected to be a little snappier than the 6/6 plus. While it has a standard 12 megapixel camera, they added a more scratch resistant  lens, which should make it more durable. The front-facing (or selfie) camera did get an upgrade from 5 megapixels to 7 megapixels, though megapixels are not everything. Apple claims a battery life increase of one hour on the larger and two hours on the smaller phone. This improvement has been made without the typically larger battery by generation, so it remains to be seen if these numbers are accurate in typical use, and if they will sustain after months of use of the device. The real story here is the talked-about removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, a child of an input that goes back to the 18th century, according to bbc.com. This is the most controversial change to a computing device since the last time Apple did this. Exactly, Apple is well known for going against the grain in the pursuit of innovation. This is most well-documented by a very similar choice Apple made in the mid 1990’s. Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer with Steve Wozniak in the 1980’s and, after early success with the Macintosh line, Steve’s abrasive personality lead to his removal from the company. This lead to an even more precipitous decline for Apple, and in the early 1990’s they desperately hired Jobs back as they were on the verge of bankruptcy.  Steve wasted no time putting his stamp back on the company and directed his engineering team to create a unique computer that would not just be a grey box. From this, the original iMac was born. Along with the unique shape of an all-in-one design and translucent blue color, something was noticeable: the lack of a floppy disk drive. The tech community lost their collective minds over this bombshell, because up to that point computers simple had added the newer tech without losing some of the legacy equipment since it was still in use.  Ultimately, Steve and Apple were proven right to remove the floppy and today optical disk drives are disappearing altogether. With the advent of wireless earbuds, it is conceivable to see a near future where other companies are following suit and removing the headphone jack, but only time will tell. Feel free to leave a comment below, pro or con, about removing the headphone jack.

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