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Innovation or e-waste? Apple's rumoured plan to ditch headphone jack

January 22, 2016

Innovation or e-waste? Apple's rumoured plan to ditch headphone jack

David Nield
Friday 22 January 2016 13.00 GMT

The annual cycle of the iPhone rumour mill has become almost as predictable as the launch of the handsets themselves. Leading the charge of this year’s batch of tittle-tattle is that the 3.5mm headphone jack is being ditched for the iPhone 7.

It could make sense for Apple. Getting rid of the jack would allow it to make the handset even thinner, while potentially selling more products. Users are less enamoured with the idea, however, and a petition to keep the 3.5mm socket has attracted more than 290,000 signatures.

“Apple is about to rip off every one of its customers. Again,” reads the petition’s blurb. “This is right out of the Apple corporate playbook.”

Apple has never been shy about changing component design and leaving older technology behind. From getting rid of DVD drives in its laptops, to swapping the 30-pin iDevice connector for the Lightning port upgrade and releasing its latest MacBook with just one data and charging port, the focus is on creating super-thin, super-light products.

Read more at The Guardian.

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