Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Dec 2016 20:56 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Basically: not having a headphone jack might not be enough to deter sales of a phone, but it's still really annoying and requires users to spend additional money to reclaim very basic functionality from their devices. And most of that money flows back to the device vendor, effectively increasing the price of the phone. We've taken something simple and universal, and turned it into something complex and proprietary, for no obvious benefits. It's a bad trade-off. It's... user-hostile and stupid. There's just no getting around it.

There's no tangible benefit to ditching the universal 3.5mm jack - whether Apple does it, or Samsung does it, or anyone else does it.

We're months and months into this discussion now, and to this day, nobody - not Apple, not Samsung, not John Gruber, not any commenters anywhere - has given me a real, valid, tangible reason why removing the 3.5mm jack is a good idea. Lightning audio is stupid because only the iPhone/iPad support it (not even Macs come with Lightning ports), and wireless audio is garbage - something even Apple is only now finding out. Those wireless AirPods Apple unveiled to much fanfare? They have been delayed and delayed, and are actually still unavailable, because Bluetooh audio is complete and utter garbage.

It almost feels like removing the 3.5mm jack was a sociological science experiment to determine just how far people were willing to go to defend and rationalise a deeply dumb idea.

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RE[2]: Apple Knows Best
by theTSF on Mon 12th Dec 2016 12:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Apple Knows Best"
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Time does change needs.
From the original iPhone - the 4.0 People really didn't want bigger screens. As the phone was a supplemental device for their computing needs. Most people didn't want the hassle of a bigger screen, they had their PC's for that.
By the time the iPhone 4 came out people began using the iPhone as more of their main go-to computing device. So they wanted a bigger screen.
If you took your modern day laptop and tried to sell it in the 1950s the government will buy it, take out all the UI features and just use it as a supercomputer, and its small size would just be counteracted by putting thousands of terminals to it. with Serial ports.

There is a lot of infrastructure around today's technology. Things that we need would be useless in the past. And they would want something else.

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