Back in early January I wrote an article asking "Would it be a mistake for Apple to remove the headphone jack on the iPhone 7?" It was based on a rumor that Apple was planning to do away with the 3.5mm headphone on the iPhone 7, likely to be released this fall, and would steer people toward using wireless headphones or wired headphones that connect via the remaining Lightning port via an adapter.
The article elicited some strong responses from our readers and in recent weeks, as more rumors continue to surface that Apple will ditch the headphone jack and replace it with a second speaker, the reaction on Twitter and Facebook has been decidedly negative.
I'm sure executives at Apple have read the 2006 Harvard Business review article "Eager Sellers and Stony Buyers: Understanding the Psychology of New-Product Adoption." (Samsung execs probably should have read it before eliminating the removable battery, expandable memory and water resistance from the Galaxy S6 -- before restoring two of the three features in the new Galaxy S7). The long and short of it is, if Apple does remove the headphone jack in the iPhone 7, the benefits (new innovations) of doing it must greatly outweigh the loss of it (by around nine times).
We'll see how it all pans out. (Almost four years after Apple replaced the 30-pin connector with the Lightning port in 2012's iPhone 5, the rage is all but forgotten, after all). For now, though, have a look at a selection of tweets we plucked from Twitter on the topic.
If Apple ditches the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 I swear to Cthulhu I'm switching back to Android.— Laim McDoodle (@liam_mcd_) February 26, 2016
Don't quote me on that.
If the IPhone 7 doesn't have a headphone jack, I'm not getting it. I need that headphone jack! I HAVE BEATS HEADPHONES APPLE!!— Taco (@alxndrmusic) February 25, 2016
Bluetooth headphones are amazing. Go ahead #Apple, get rid of the headphone jack. It's time!— Tracey (@IndyJournalista) February 24, 2016
Apple might remove the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 to make a thinner phone, and customers will buy it and put it in a fat Otter Box case.— Andrew Adjei (@Astonish13) February 23, 2016
If Apple get rid of the headphone jack for the iPhone7, I'm going to have this Iphone6s for the rest of my existence.— emilia (@sasshowlter) February 21, 2016
People who are pissed off about Apple changing their headphone jack are ridiculous. No one is forcing you to buy their phones. Sit down.— Zee (@alittlepieceofz) February 20, 2016
Apple 2016 - Headphone jack is dead.— Paul Suarez (@paulsuarez) February 18, 2016
2016 Canon -- We've updated one of our best-selling DSLRs for filmmakers. It now has a headphone jack.
Apple is Smart. iPhone 7 getting rid of the headphone jack.. another way to get you to spend $30 on unnecessary accessories.— DJ PROSPECT (@DJ_Prospect) February 17, 2016
If Apple got rid of headphone jack and provided decent wireless earphones I'd be into that. Tired of janky cables.— Donovan (@donovanh) February 17, 2016
i need apple to realize that we dont need a thinner iphone at the expense of losing the headphone jack. we dont. it's thin enough— Simba♌ (@Jaeleone) February 15, 2016
At least if Apple ditches the headphone jack even Apple headphones will be incompatible with the iPhone.— Tasos Sangiotis (@tsangiotis) February 12, 2016
Apple removing the headphone jack from iPhones would be like Adobe removing the paint bucket from Photoshop— rstevens 3.141592653 (@rstevens) December 4, 2015