The 3 Reasons Why iPhone X Is Missing the Audio Port
With iPhone X Apple decided to kill the headphone jack. That means that you can’t longer use your fancy headphones unless you carry around an adapter. Of course, this move has upset a lot of people, and in general, it seems like people just can’t understand why Apple would do such a thing.
During the iPhone 7s press event VP of Marketing Phil Schiller went on stage and positioned the audio jack as a very old technology that has been around since the late 1800s. As generally speaking we all know that newer technology is better than old technology, it is a smart move by Apple angling the problem in that way, so that we would be more accepting to what they had to say next. However, a technology being old isn’t a reason enough to kill it. So, Apple went on to give us three main reasons why they decided to remove the headphone jack and I have reported them here below. However, out of the three reasons that Apple gave us, the only one that makes any real sense is freeing up internal space. Also, it needs to be noted that there are surely unstated business reasons for explaining why Apple may have killed the headphone jack.
Reason #1 for justifying iPhone X’s missing audio port.
Apple’s first reason for killing the headphone jack is that headphones can be used as an accessory, using adapters such as the ones that they’ve included in the box, and at the same time they provide an adapter that lets you still use your older analog headphones. As a supporting reason this might work, but on its own, it’s not a real reason. Having an alternative that isn’t any better than the current option doesn’t warrant a change and lightning headphones aren’t better than the old ones. The sound quality will be roughly the same as they are with analog headphones, but this alternative comes with the inconvenience of not being able to charge your phone and listen to music at the same time. And of course, that includes the inconvenience of having to carry around an adapter for older headphones and buy iPhone X widgets.
Reason #2 for justifying iPhone X’s missing audio port.
Apple’s second reason for killing the headphone jack is that the headphone jack takes up a lot of that precious internal space that can be otherwise used for another tech. During an interview with BuzzFeed, an Apple executive explained that historically at the top of iPhones they place a circuit board called a driver ledge that drives the iPhone’s display and backlight. But on the iPhone X, this driver ledge interfered with the new larger camera systems. So, the Apple engineers tried moving the driver ledge lower on the phone which then interfered with other components like the headphone jack. So according to Apple, they removed the headphone jack making easier to install the new Taptic engine. That also gave a larger batter space that allowed 14% larger battery on the iPhone 7 and a 5% larger battery on the iPhone 7. Also, removing the headphone jack helped the iPhone 7 allowed them to make space for the necessary hardware to make the phone water-resistant, even though the Galaxy s7 is water-resistant and it still has a headphone jack.
Reason #3 for justifying iPhone X’s missing audio port.
Apple’s third reason for killing the headphone jack is that Apple believes Wireless is the future. There have been reports showing that sales of Bluetooth headphones outnumber the sales of Wired headphones. But again, while this may work as a supporting reason by itself it isn’t enough to be considered a real reason. I mean what does the future being Wireless have to do with removing the headphone jack? The galaxy s7 can be charged wirelessly but you don’t see Samsung removing the charging port. Also, by doing this Apple can now charge other headphone brands and MFI certification fee in order for them to make wired headphones that will work with the iPhone. That’s a huge market of people and it’ll definitely cut into third-party headphone makers profit margins, while simultaneously giving beats, even more, money for celebrity endorsements. Now there’s technically nothing wrong with any of this it’s just good business, in fact, it’s a great business.