Moving Forward without the Headphone Jack

Not being able to charge and listen means quiet drives to work or taking the kids to school. If you need your phone to last all day on a single charge, you will try and keep the battery close to 100 percent until you get to work. (This means not using the Lightning headphones to make calls in states that require hands-free calls while driving either.) The removal of the headphone jack will cause issues for a number of low-income consumers who will purchase the iPhone 7 or another phone without a headphone jack over the next few years. And those issues will persist until Apple delivers a legitimate charging solution that doesn’t cost more than a monthly payment for an iPhone.

Talk to your kids on the way to school. Listen to the radio... seriously? Is this a serious argument? Low Income families should not be purchasing the new iPhone 7 until it becomes an affordable option. You don't see people in India or China complaining about not having the best. This is an American problem and Apple develops for the world.

Sure, some consumers will hold onto their existing iPhones, or upgrade to the iPhone 6 or 6S, but in two years those phones won’t be on sale. And if you want to stay in the iOS ecosystem with an up-to-date phone, there will be no device with a headphone jack, forcing you to spend money to retain features that have become staples in your day-to-day life.

You can always buy a phone that is older than 2 years old from other retail means. Such a crappy article just yelling for attention. No one is forcing you buy a phone. The headphone jack is dead, just like the 5.25 floppy, 3.5" floppy, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM... everything else before it. As much as I hate the dongle, we can only move forward. Onward.

Simple reminder. Remember that 2.5" jack that some phones were using for headphones back before the smartphone? That was irritating. The iPhone made the 3.5" headphone jack the standard on phones.

Don't Be an Idiot

Apple (AAPL) tries to make that painful journey a wee bit easier by tossing in an adapter that plugs into the iPhone 7’s lightning port and lets you use your old earbuds and headphones. The problem for me? I accidentally threw it out with the paper packaging the adapter came with. Based on sheer principle, I refuse to fork over $9 for something I’ve taken for granted on every single iPhone I’ve owned since 2007. But now I have 4 pairs of “old school” EarPods lying around that are semi-obsolete.

How can you write and publish this post based on your own idocracy?

I also finally threw down $150 for a pair of wireless PowerBeats 2 headphones on sale for running. Do I regret the purchase? Not really. The PowerBeats 2 are incredibly comfortable to wear, and the audio quality is good enough for my day-to-day needs. It’s also liberating to run cord-free. But I wish the 5-hour battery life were twice that, and I seriously dread the day they go missing, simply because they’ve fallen off my shoulder.

This is Apple's point although I recommend you should have waited for the PowerBeats 3 debuting shortly with longer batter life.