Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Jun 2016 12:25 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

The 3.5mm port is dying - at least when it comes to smartphones. If the persistent Lightning headphone rumor wasn't enough to persuade you, the fact that Motorola beat Apple to the punch should be. Motorola's new Moto Z and Moto Z Force don't have that familiar circular hole for your cans to plug into, and it now seems inevitable that almost every phone within a few years will forgo the port in favor of a single socket for both charging and using headphones.

This is a change that few people actually want. It's driven entirely by the makers of our phones and their desire to ditch what they view as an unnecessary port.

It's all about control. You can't put DRM on a 3.5mm jack, but you can do so on a digital port or wireless connection. Imagine only Beats headphones being certified to pull the best quality audio out of an iPhone, protected through Apple DRM.

You know it's going to happen.

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a bit paranoid?
by phti on Fri 10th Jun 2016 14:51 UTC
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If Apple would limit headphone usage, they will sell less phones. It's not a monopoly. So that will NOT happen. The thing that will happen is they will sell you an additional $29 lightning-to-3.5 and that's it.
Plus, DRM era is gone. It's all about subscriptions.

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