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.
That’d be the biggest waste ever. Have you tried Beats headphones? Apple could pipe out the highest bitrate, best mastered PCM audio file ever and it’d still sound like veiled mud on a Beats headphone!
Meh, whatever. It’s about time I got myself a dedicated DAP anyway. You’ll have to pry my Oyaides from my cold dead hands.
Hope Apple are prepared for a f–kton more warranty claims than usual. Sure, 3.5 jacks fail, but I’m certain they have had at least five lighting port failures for every 3.5mm jack failure. The lightning port is far less robust. People have had lightning port snafus from just using their iPhones while charging.
Edited 2016-06-10 13:01 UTC