The Economics Of Apple Removing The 3.5mm Headphone Jack From The iPhone

January 19, 2016 in Daily Bulletin

Rumors strongly indicate that the next iPhone will not have the typical 3.5mm headphone connector. Owners of the device will instead have to use Bluetooth headphones, or headphones specifically designed to use the Lightning port that is also used to charge the device. Vlad Savov took a look at some of the implications:

  • It’s been reported that Apple is removing the 3.5mm jack in order to slim down the device – but that probably won’t have much of an effect since the lightning port is about as big.
  • Instead the real benefit might be to boost sales of devices that use Apple’s proprietary lightning port.
  • Headphone makers are excited by the prospect of selling users a new class of headphones since the old ones they use will suddenly become obsolete.
  • Since Bluetooth and lightning port headsets can be priced at a premium this should also mean higher margins for manufacturers.
  • Ultra-elite audiophile headphone makers may not want to create wireless products since those don’t always have the best audio quality. However people who buy those sorts of headphones probably don’t want to use something as pedestrian as a phone to listen to their music anyway.

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Source: The Verge