Woz doesn't want Apple to remove headphone jack for iPhone 7

Technically Incorrect: Speaking in Australia, the Apple co-founder says he's not fond of Bluetooth at all.

Chris Matyszczyk
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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

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He's not a fan of Bluetooth. Is anyone?


So many are worried about the jack hitting the road.

It's becoming a very serious issue.

If Apple removes the headphone jack from the next iPhone -- some say it will be called iPhone 7 -- then what will the world do?

Now Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has lent a mouth, as well as an ear, to the debate.

As the Australian Financial Review reports, Woz isn't positively moved by the idea of no perfect hole in which to plug in his headphones.

"If it's missing the 3.5mm earphone jack, that's going to tick off a lot of people," Woz told the Review.

One of those people seems to be Woz himself. He's not a fan of Bluetooth and his headphones have custom-made ear implants. He can even sleep on them. Sadly, they only have the one kind of jack.

"I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth, and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music," he said.

When convenience and excellence clash, the latter is rarely the winner.

He admitted that if Apple insisted customers now have to buy an adapter to connect their headphones to whatever hole is left on the new iPhone, he'd do that.

That sounds like a nuisance to me. Have you seen the dongles for the last MacBook?

Woz seemed perturbed, but said that Apple is "good at moving toward the future."

Yes, but it doesn't necessarily move quickly. It often waits for others to mess things up a little (or not), before deciding whether the future is a good idea.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Woz was in Australia to judge innovation awards. Would removing the headphone jack represent innovation?

Or might the idea of an adapter you have to buy represent a little innovative bottom line padding?