I can’t express how much I like talking about polarizing topics, especially when it comes to gaming and technology. And a huge reason is that it is so entertaining to read through comments about these topics. Be it a run of the mill Android vs iOS debate or a good old Xbox vs Playstation feud, these topics are gifts that just keep on giving. Today we’re going to talk about one of the recent polarizing topics in the tech realm, the headphone jack and what actually prompted the need for its removal from so many flagships.
1. The need for better hardware capabilities (Bezel-less displays, Water resistance,etc.)
Even though Apple was not the first company to ditch the headphone jack. They will always be regarded as the ones actually responsible for this change. And one of the many speculated reasons behind Apple deciding to abandon it was the introduction of water resistance and the new pressure-sensitive home button. Let’s take a look at the internal layout of the iPhone 6s for the purpose of argument.
So after looking at the layout, we think that maybe the jack assembly was actually taking a large amount of space which I think might have caused a problem in the implementation of the pressure sensitive home button. And waterproofing is also a very complicated process considering all of the phones internals and ports need to be taken care of.
A lot of heads turned when Google abandoned the headphone jack with the Pixel 2 (largely because they took a dig at Apple last year in their original Pixel ads), but Google’s Mario Queiroz said the move was going to pave the way for all screen phones in the future.
2. Better audio quality
Another major reason was the introduction of USB Type C in almost all major flagships. It came along with benefits like quick file transfers and fast charging. A lot of manufacturers believe that USB C actually offer better quality audio, what a lot of users don’t know if these claims are for headphones with type C connectors and not the traditional earphones that are used with adapters. Though this is not true in all cases (Razer, for example, has a DAC built in its adapter which actually makes the audio experience better for the user) most of the smartphones today probably don’t really back this argument with results.
Now we would’ve actually said these reasons are justified if there weren’t two Phones on the market that did all of the above-mentioned things better AND retained the headphone jack. The Galaxy Note 8 has the best display on any smartphone and the LG V30 has a Hi-Fi Quad DAC built right in offering the best Audio experience in the market.
This brings me to the third and the probably the most important reason which is…..
The amount of money that manufacturers make from accessories largely goes unnoticed. And this led to the release of AirPods with the iPhone 7 and the Pixel buds with the Pixel 2. The manufacturers decided to cash in on the obvious demand that was going to be created in the market with the removal of the headphone jack and I must say it was a really smart move by Apple, the Sindhi inside me is often amazed at how this company makes so much money from the smallest opportunities.
We’d love to read about your take on the removal of the headphone jack. Are you okay with the move or think it was not necessary? Let us know in the comments or on our social media channels.