Would you buy a phone without a headphone jack? | The Tylt
Would you buy a phone without a headphone jack?
Phone manufacturers are getting rid of the headphone jack because it's ancient technology. The headphone jack traces its history to over 100 years ago, when it was used in telephone switchboards. It's effective and reliable, but it's old. Newer technology like Bluetooth, USB-C, and Lightning, can transfer more data and deliver a better sound, while opening up headphones to a number of new applications.
New standards like Bluetooth and Lightning are also capable of sending more data at higher speeds between the headphones and iPhone. “Lightning has a couple of advantages. For example, we have bidirectional communication now,” said Thiagasamudram. “We can send information back to the iPhone, like biometric data, [language] translation data, and audio quality information.”
Getting rid of the headphone jack also opens up more space for manufacturers to add in more innovative technology and sensors into phones. Removing the jack makes it easier to waterproof phones, and the extra space gives engineers space to add additional technology. Besides, once you go wireless, you'll never have to worry about your cables snagging on anything ever again.
For a lot of people, the small but extra work that comes with a jack-less phone isn't worth it. Bluetooth is still finicky. It doesn't always pair and it doesn't always stay connected. Wireless headphones end up being another thing you have to worry about charging. Needing to buy and keep track of dongles for your headphones is infuriating.
Listening to music on your phone doesn't need to be complicated. Getting rid of the headphone jack makes things complicated.