Revealed – Why the iPhone 8 has no headphone jack
Yes, you heard it right. There won’t be a 3.5 mm headphone jack in the new iPhone 8. If you want to play music on an iPhone 8, you’ll either have to use wireless Bluetooth headphones, AirPod or plug new Lightning-based headphones (or an adapter) into the port you use to charge the device.
Wondering what why iPhone ditched that worldwide popular 3.5 mm headphone jack? What would you do with your favorite pair of headphones now? Read on:
Why the iPhone 8 has no headphone jack
Almost everyone has headphones, speakers, and other gadgets based on the ubiquitous 3.5 mm headphone jack. Eliminating this connection could render these devices unusable, or at least force everyone to carry around an extra adapter.
But Apple doesn’t care.
Ditching the headphone jack is the next step in Apple’s relentless quest to make the iPhone — and all of its products — thinner, simpler, and more reliable.
It is not just iPhone that has ditched 3.5 mm jack, but Motorola’s Moto Z and Chinese maker LeEco and few other brands have abolished the use of 3.5 mm jack long ago.
Wondering what is forcing these phone makers to eliminate the most popular and probably the most loved hardware entity? The design!The history of 3.5-mm audio jack: The 3.5-mm jack debuted with the transistor radio in the early 1960’s; it was, for example, on the Sony EFM-117J radio, which came out in 1964. It’s been 52 years, that 3.5 mm jack has become a part of our life.
In our TVs, phones, desktops to our car stereos, you can find it everywhere. The design experts also feel that the jack has to be killed to innovate. The cylindrical tube that houses the 3.5mm jack is one of the thickest components of the phone and is much larger than the screen guts, the circuit board, or the battery.
Without the jack, the newer smartphones can be slimmer. Apple says that in the iPhone 8 Plus, removing the headphone assembly made space for three useful improvements.
First, the battery is indeed physically larger; it drives the phone for 2 hours more than the previous iPhone.
Second, the iPhone8 gains an optical image stabilizer—a suspension for the lens that prevents blurry photos when your hand jiggles slightly—and that component is pretty big, too.
Another reason to abolish 3.5 mm jack is to make it swim proof (swim proof is the new water proof), because fewer holes in the design means fewer ways for water to seep in. Got your answer?
But now there is a question too.
How to connect 3.5 mm jack headphone to iPhone 8
- You can buy a Lightning-to-headphone-jack adapter (Apple will offer one, and eventually third parties will too) allowing you to plug an old-fashioned pair of headphones or any other audio device that uses the standard headphone jack into your iPhone 8.
- Bluetooth headphone is actually likely to be your best option if, like me, you hate the thought of using an adapter. The downside is that they’ll need charging after a few hours.
Do you think Apple has made a massive mistake here or will they usher in a new range of wireless devices so that by the next iPhone launch, feel free to comment below.
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