Apple Announces iPhone 7 With no Headphone Jack

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Apple Announces iPhone 7 With no Headphone Jack

The iPhone 7 comes with plenty of new features, but its the removal of the headphone jack that brings the most significant change.

It's pretty much a given that any cellphone you buy these days will come with two things: some kind of USB port for charging/connecting to your PC, and a headphone Jack. Well today Apple has turned the world of cellphones upside-down by announcing its iPhone 7... sans headphone jack.

In place of the jack is a second speaker, giving the phone stereo sound. The phone comes standard with a pair of specially designed EarPods that connect to the lightning port. Additionally, a 3.5mm adapter for the lightning port does come in the box, so you will still be able to use your old headphones with the phone (just not charge it at the same time).

As for new features - the big one is that the iPhone 7 has a fully water resistant body. No more putting your phone into a bag of rice trying to desperately evaporate the moisture after accidentally dropping it in the toilet!

The camera in both the standard iPhone 7 and the bigger iPhone 7 plus has been substantially improved. The standard model has been upgraded with optical image stabilization and a brighter f/1.8 lens, while the plus model has a brand-new "dual camera system" that allows for true 2x optical zoom without loss of image quality.

Alongside the iPhone 7, Apple also announced the "AirPod" wireless headphones. These updated EarPods are completely wireless, without even a wire connecting the left and right pods. You will be able to connect them to your iPhone 7 via Bluetooth, but they will be sold separately.

The iPhone 7 will be released on September 16. The standard model will start with 32GB of storage for $649 and goes up to 256GB for $849. The larger iPhone 7 Plus on the other hand starts at $769 for the 32GB version and goes up to $969 for the top model.

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Don't worry, Apple will solve the issue with releasing the iAdapter. It will allow you to connect any of your headphones and charge your phone at the same time, all for the low price of $39.99!

"Because fuck you, thats why"

Different ports are NOT a good thing. One of the few improvements Xbox One did was make teh charger use the same port as a phone.

Having your phone charger be able to charge everything is a good thing. Same for headphones being standard, so I dont have to have 10 different kinds.

Not that I give a fuck about Apple products, but still.

Making wireless headphones for your phone: Good

getting rid of the jack: Bad

This change just comes off like how they do their charges, Fuck third parties and convenience BUY OUR HEADPHONES!

TLDR version: Buy new expensive headphones, or carry around another dongle.

Saelune:
Different ports are NOT a good thing. One of the few improvements Xbox One did was make teh charger use the same port as a phone.

Having your phone charger be able to charge everything is a good thing. Same for headphones being standard, so I dont have to have 10 different kinds.

I mean if they gave half a damn about universal compatibility they would have ditched the 30-pin connector and lightning port years ago for MiniUSB type B like every other smartphone manufacturer. Apple thrives on this stuff (that $40 charger money).

*GASP!*

Oh my god, they got him! They've killed HeadphoneJack!

You monsters!

These sorts of things are why I don't buy apple products.

I don't see many people being too positive about this change, but frankly what were they expecting? They've massively inconvenienced their customers so they can make a cynical cash grab and make their phone slightly thinner (as if anyone really cares about that).

If I hadn't already switched away from Apple products, this would have made me.

Completely unsurprised that they did that, and they will continually not see me buy an iPhone as well.

I say this while I'm typing on an MacBook Pro and charging up my (screen cracked, but still works (!!!)) iPod.

I think the wireless earbuds are really stupid and I really don't care for the design of them either. Sorry Apple, but Android will always be my buddy.

mardocOz:
and make their phone slightly thinner (as if anyone really cares about that).

Really though, I don't understand the obsession with shaving millimeters off a phone's width when Apple's fragile-ass screens pretty much make a protective case mandatory.

"Yeah check out my new phone! It's only 2mm thick!" [Inserts it into a 7mm thick enclosure]

Because fuck simplicity and reliability

And now still watch millions upon millions of people buy them, because you know, gotta have that new iphone.

Huh, Apple actually did it, and removed the headphone jack. I just thought that was a dumb rumour, not a dumb reality.

I get that the headphone jack is beyond outdated, and a weakness in their waterproofing, or whatever, but replacing it with your own proprietary connector ensures change wont happen.

What that does mean, though: if this turns out to be a trend for Apple phones, my next phone will be an Android device.

Well, color me surprised; they went ahead and did it.

The morons. This is not going to end well. Either they introduce a competing new standard, further crippling intercompatibility, or the market finally grows a spine and refuses to buy in.

My biggest bafflement is how the new AirPods don't even connect to one another. That sounds like an excellent way to lose one down a storm drain or something.

I mean, Bluetooth headphones have been around for ages and and making them even easier to lose and more inconvenient to charge is the next step? Good one guys.

People will still buy it, their choice. However, do people still put themselves in debt/money trouble just for a phone? If so, then that's a cause for concern. If you want to be "in" with the new tech, that's fine but don't fuck your credit score up just to feel included.

I also find it funny how they showed off their new camera feature as if its new and exclusive. Professional photographers won't use an iPhone or any smart phone. They have DSLR cameras for that to capture better and detailed pics and not please the selfie, Snapchat story users.

The hype for this phone seems strange and OTT. Then again Apple is and has been compare to a cult movement and then again Apple knows how to get consumers to spend ridiculous amounts of money that will have you going to the Genius bar and be put on a 5 week waiting list to fix a single fault with the phone.

Yeah, yeah. The lack of a 3.5 mm jack is monumentally stupid. However, is anyone else equally fascinated that a brand new, top of the line phone in 2016 has a screen that not only uses antiquated LCD tech but also doesn't even reach the bog standard 1080p resolution?

Fuck me, if ever there were any proof that Apple products, iPhones specifically, were more fashion accessories than useful tech....this is it.

ToastyMozart:
MiniUSB type B

Sorry to be pedantic, but I think you mean Micro USB type B.

OT: Saw it coming, am disappointed but not surprised. I wasn't going to buy any apple products anyway so it doesn't effect me, but damn, that's just silly. Almost as silly as the single USB Type C on their Macbook Airs. Its not that they decided to go for Type C that bothers me - technology moves on, and it is a standard, albiet one that is currently almost exclusive to them, but why only one especially considering it is ALSO the charging port? I mean, that's just silly.

Vigormortis:
Yeah, yeah. The lack of a 3.5 mm jack is monumentally stupid. However, is anyone else equally fascinated that a brand new, top of the line phone in 2016 has a screen that not only uses antiquated LCD tech but also doesn't even reach the bog standard 1080p resolution?

Fuck me, if ever there were any proof that Apple products, iPhones specifically, were nothing more than fashion accessories instead of useful tech....this is it.

Well, it's brighter? Yeah I saw that and I thought, "Really? No 2K or 4K screen for a phone that cost THAT MUCH!!" No increase in resolution which is bizarre.

Parasondox:

Vigormortis:
Yeah, yeah. The lack of a 3.5 mm jack is monumentally stupid. However, is anyone else equally fascinated that a brand new, top of the line phone in 2016 has a screen that not only uses antiquated LCD tech but also doesn't even reach the bog standard 1080p resolution?

Fuck me, if ever there were any proof that Apple products, iPhones specifically, were nothing more than fashion accessories instead of useful tech....this is it.

Well, it's brighter? Yeah I saw that and I thought, "Really? No 2K or 4K screen for a phone that cost THAT MUCH!!" No increase in resolution which is bizarre.

Why would you need more resolution on a device with a screen that size? They are still, I believe, considered "Retina" displays - meaning that at the standard viewing distance it is impossible to distinguish invidual pixels. Frankly, once you reach that point, the advantages of higher resolution are marginal at best.

Basically Fuck you Apple; This is why i have a Samsung! While any sane manufacturer would have switched over to universal ports Apple has to be different and they are powerful enough to get away with it.

I'm sure there are some Apple Fanbois who will bleat on as to why this is a good thing but they can all go eat a dick for all i care.

So this is why the like to dislike ratio on the official reveal video wasn't so great.

It's not surprising. Yet another change to force people to make extra purchases.

They know that iPhones are now a fashion statement. So they make sure to make them expensive as possible.

-Change the shape of the charger port to make people buy new chargers for an extortionate price
-Remove headphone jacks to force people to buy apple headphones or an adaptor.. For extortionate prices
-Force everyone into using Apple services like iTunes. Make no way of extracting music and such from those services. Makes it extremely hard to switch away from Apple products
-Just generally have ridiculously priced Macs, phones and watches.

Am I missing anything?

Literally everything about Apple products are designed around having people give them more money, for products which are manufactured for about 1/200th of the cost in China.

#BlackPhonesMatter. Apple has just create a new colour. Black.

Also, phone contracts will be so so high. The Airpods only last 5 hours? Really? And...

...Oh yeah, where is the feature on the phone where Apple will pay more in tax? No? Not included this year? Shame.

I don't know why people are getting all butt hurt now, this has been rumored for months, so why the surprise? It's not like apple isn't known for doing stupid but expensive shit, remember that ipen (that's what it was called right).

Anyone wanna bet how long it take for the people to start losing the Airpod? Ok sure on the one hand I LOTHE the earphone cable for the constant tangle up and the wire inside it breaking so easily (I keep getting new cable a few years) but I know for a fact that withou the cable, it will be easy to loose them.

LoL, they took out a feature so they could then turn around and charge morons $159 for "Airpods". That is gonna be painful to lose. I can't wait to hear people tell me how much better an iPhone 7 is than pretty much anything else.

I want to say this is a dumb idea but I can't, because people will still form huge lines outside stores and buy millions of these phones. And millions of these earphones when they lose them.

What that does mean, though: if this turns out to be a trend for Apple phones, my next phone will be an Android device.

What do you mean 'turns out to be a trend' it already IS a trend, the 30 pin connector introduced four maybe five gens ago the lightning connector introduced 2 or 3 gens back, connectors that no other hardware maker uses and Apple have solidly stuck too despite nearly ever one else going to micro and mini USB.

Kibeth41:

-Force everyone into using Apple services like iTunes. Make no way of extracting music and such from those services. Makes it extremely hard to switch away from Apple products.

Huh? I use their iMatch service that lets you download any music you buy in .m4a format. Not sure if there isn't a catch there anywhere - apart from having to pay annually for the convenience - but that is definitely an option.

Wintermute:
I want to say this is a dumb idea but I can't, because people will still form huge lines outside stores and buy millions of these phones. And millions of these earphones when they lose them.

They could just change the advertising slogan to "The new iPhone: You'll buy it, because we're Apple."

Fulbert:

Kibeth41:

-Force everyone into using Apple services like iTunes. Make no way of extracting music and such from those services. Makes it extremely hard to switch away from Apple products.

Huh? I use their iMatch service that lets you download any music you buy in .m4a format. Not sure if there isn't a catch there anywhere - apart from having to pay annually for the convenience - but that is definitely an option.

My bad, then I'll correct myself.

There's no way of extracting your files without paying Apple ransom subscription fees.

I don't think it's a secret that the way Apple uses exclusive programs is to make it difficult to switch away from Apple products. Programs like iTunes aren't there for convenience. They're there as a barrier to exit.

Parasondox:

Vigormortis:
Yeah, yeah. The lack of a 3.5 mm jack is monumentally stupid. However, is anyone else equally fascinated that a brand new, top of the line phone in 2016 has a screen that not only uses antiquated LCD tech but also doesn't even reach the bog standard 1080p resolution?

Fuck me, if ever there were any proof that Apple products, iPhones specifically, were more fashion accessories than useful tech....this is it.

Well, it's brighter? Yeah I saw that and I thought, "Really? No 2K or 4K screen for a phone that cost THAT MUCH!!" No increase in resolution which is bizarre.

Even more baffling, the ultra-expensive 7 Plus only hits 1080.

It's like Apple is purposefully keeping their latest devices antiquated. I've heard of planned obsolescence, but this is just taking the piss.

Vigormortis:

Parasondox:

Vigormortis:
Yeah, yeah. The lack of a 3.5 mm jack is monumentally stupid. However, is anyone else equally fascinated that a brand new, top of the line phone in 2016 has a screen that not only uses antiquated LCD tech but also doesn't even reach the bog standard 1080p resolution?

Fuck me, if ever there were any proof that Apple products, iPhones specifically, were more fashion accessories than useful tech....this is it.

Well, it's brighter? Yeah I saw that and I thought, "Really? No 2K or 4K screen for a phone that cost THAT MUCH!!" No increase in resolution which is bizarre.

Even more baffling, the ultra-expensive 7 Plus only hits 1080.

It's like Apple is purposefully keeping their latest devices antiquated. I've heard of planned obsolescence, but this is just taking the piss.

Well its their model. Make them, with cheap labour, and sell them expensive. The people will still by them. I just dont feel sorry for people who incur debt because of it.

Phone contracts will be an expensive joke.

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