Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Nov 2015 22:34 UTC

If a report from the Japanese blog Macotakara is to be believed, Apple is planning on getting rid of the headphone jack in the next iPhone. As it attempts to once again shrink its flagship device, Apple is reportedly planning on shipping EarPods that connect through the Lighting port with the next iPhone in order to remove the thicker 3.5mm headphone jack. This is a bad idea.

Indeed it is. If Apple were to really remove the 3.5mm jack, it will do so for one reason: control. The 3.5mm jack is obviously an open standard, and Apple can do little to control what kind of headphones you use. Now that Apple owns a very popular brand of headphones, I'n sure the company is itching to lock consumers into its Lightning port.

If true, yet another terrible anti-consumer move from Apple.

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by mdsama on Tue 1st Dec 2015 00:24 UTC
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Feels like smartphones have reached where PCs were 5 (10?) years ago: they're pretty much finished, evolved products (barring incremental improvements).

A bit boring, but it might just be the way it is?

To get even more fanciful, it's possible too that there won't be another computing product to take its place. Computers, smartphones and the Internet might just progress like the car industry for the next century - a series of new marketing products, without leaps in functionality.

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