Apple’s decision to scrap the audio jack received ridicule from many smartphone owners and critics and even became the target of internet memes; “I haven’t even got wireless ear pods yet and I’ve already lost them”…
However, removing the audio jack is actually a good thing. Whilst the 3.5mm jack prevented the model from being the slim design that Apple wanted, its removal has seen no change as the iPhone 7 is still 7.1mm, like its 6S predecessor, however, removing it has come with a range of benefits. The jack was one of the last bastions of analogue in a digital era, and digital functionality – which is definitely seen with the iPhone 7 – is the future. Apple were first to scrap the DVD drive and Ethernet port from their laptops and came up trumps and can do so again.
The removal of the jack allows for a wireless audio experience for users and tangled wires will soon be a thing of the past. Apple designer Jonny Ive spoke at length about the concept and told how wireless was the future of audio devices. It’s certainly clever business sense from Apple as anyone buying the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus will consider buying Lightning or Bluetooth headphones and they just happen to be the owner of Beats, the number one wireless headphone manufacturer.
The 3.5mm audio jack is well over 50-years-old and apart from carrying an audio signal, it doesn’t do too else. The Lightning port is superior to the audio jack owing to how it transmits audio signal. Due to the digital-to-analogue converter, the audio jack suffers from audio degradation, as the converter alters the audio signal before it is able to reach a headphone’s speakers. Modern audio formats are all digital and as such a revolutionary tech company Apple have decided to lead the way.
Though the removal of the jack does not make the device slimmer on this iteration of the iPhone, the extra space has been used to load more tech into the iPhone 7. While the omission of the audio jack and the need to use the lightning port as an adapter for headphones may seem like an inconvenience but the freed up space has allowed for extra attention on the A10 Fusion processor and battery cell 14% bigger. The A10 Fusion processor may be another one of Apple’s digital sea changes. The A10 boasts four cores in total, two of which are high-performance cores. The iPhone 7’s A10 is designed to be 40% faster than the A9 chip in the iPhone 6S, and 120 times faster than the original iPhone. It also allows room for the iPhone 7’s dual-camera setup, the Taptic engine which allows for the pressure sensitive button and water resistance. Admittedly, Apple are late to the game for water resistant devices, but the removal of the audio jack has allowed them to catch up with Samsung.
So whilst Apple received criticism for removing the audio jack, the seemingly debatable decision has come with a host of benefits with the iPhone 7 boasting a number of impressive features. Apple have yet again changed the digital field with their latest release.