Phil Schiller: Removal of headphone jack marks Apple’s desire for technological progress
About Apple's move to remove the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7, which was unveiled on September 7, the company's marketing chief Phil Schiller said that the elimination of the headphone jack from the latest iPhone is pure expression of Apple's yearning for technological progress.
Revealing that Apple has been facing questions from a number of people about its decision to "remove the analog headphone jack from the iPhone," Schiller said that "It really comes down to one word: courage;" and added: "The courage to move on to do something new that betters all of us."
Given the fact that the headphone jack marks century-old technology, Schiller's sentiments about the removal of headphone jack are already being the echoed by most Apple aficionados. With Apple having previously eliminated the CD drive and Ethernet port from laptops, Apple defenders assert that the headphone jack is just another connector which can be replaced by something wireless.
The removal of the headphone jack from iPhone 7 has freed up a small amount of space inside the handset. Moreover, with Apple pushing iPhone 7 users to its Lightning port, it is being argued by Apple fans that audio over Lightning unfolds a higher sound quality than over headphones.
However, the elimination of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 also has some downsides, such as incompatibility with most of the currently-available headphones; and inability to charge the iPhone and listen to wired headphones simultaneously.