It’s over, ladies & gentlemen. With the roaring success of the iPhone 7, Apple is stream-rolling ahead into a wireless audio future. Bye bye, 3.5mm headphone jack!
Wireless headphone technology leaves a lot to be desired. Bluetooth can be dodgy, and constant recharging a headache. Add the risk of losing a wireless AirPod, and it’s safe to say wireless headphones are a few years away from perfection.
Either way, it now looks like Apple is cutting the cord for good. After the stunning sales success of its iPhone 7, the company is now emboldened to continue pushing the envelope on jack-free devices. Sure, ditching the 3.5mm jack was a bold move, but a bold move that paid off.
Enter the iPhone 7s and even the iPhone 8, both of which are actively in development. And both of which are solidly 3.5mm jack-less.
And, Apple’s headphone ecosystem is definitely going wireless. Just this week, Apple has just released its BeatsX wireless earbuds after considerable delay. The $149 pair follow earlier releases of the Powerbeats 3 Wireless, Solo 3 Wireless, Studio Wireless, Beats Pill+, and the Apple AirPods, part of an onslaught in wireless technology.
All of those headphones and earbuds tie into iPhones with Apple’s W1 wireless technology. Which, of course, Apple claims is the best wireless headphone technology around (and they may be right).
iPhone 7s, iPhone 8
Back to the iPhone itself, reports of more headphone-less iPhones are surfacing. Research group KGI is pointing to a spectacularly-different iPhone 8, which not only features wireless headphone connectivity, but wireless recharging. And you can kiss that ‘home’ button away, as well. Sounds intense, and part of a radically redesigned iPhone that definitely won’t play nice with anything 3.5mm.
Of course, if you still want a 3.5mm jack on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 8, there’s hope. Just follow this quick tutorial, and you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds.
Or, if that doesn’t work out for you, there seem to be plenty of wired Android options in the future. Already, we’re seeing manufacturers like LG and HTC ditching the headphone jack entirely. But not everyone is convinced, including Samsung. For example, the upcoming Galaxy S8 will have a standard jack, and plenty of buyers will thank them.