There is an upcoming revolution for a lot of headphone manufacturers as Cupertino, California-based tech firm Apple is able to kill of the headphone jack. It is reported that the popular tech manufacturer is doing away with the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack for the release of the next iPhone (which is rumored to be dubbed as the iPhone 7). Furthermore, it is reported that Intel is assisting the USB-C’s status as an alternative to become the new digital audio connector for the new iPhone (or iPhones). This implies that it could one day become the successor to the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack for the future of smartphones everywhere, even those carrying the Android operating system. In fact, there are already some devices that are starting with this shift.
Apple Reportedly Doing Away With the 3.5-Millimeter Headphone Jack for a USB-C Connector
So what is the point of Apple doing away with the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack? To recall, all of this time, headphones are based upon the Lightning connector and USB-C ports. Hence, the way most people now connect their headphones to their gadgets will most undoubtedly change, with this particular tech firm one of the frontrunners of this operation.
However, it does raise the question as to how will headphone makers would feel about being taken along for this wild ride? Especially when there are large groups that will most likely be affected by this fundamental shift in hardware choice. When you look through the reports and conversations that have been sprawled across the World Wide Web as of late, the response among these headphone manufacturers appear to be that of cautious optimism.
Executive employees from different companies, especially those that have spoken with Tech Insider, expect the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack’s days are already numbered. However, none of them could be described to be panicked. If they are feeling anything, it would be perhaps that they are actually excited by this shift in demand for newer headphones, especially when it comes to wireless Bluetooth pairs.
However, and at the same time, because of the reported decision of Apple to shift from the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack to Lightning and USB-C connectors, the headphone makers did stop short of their full-on enthusiasm about the subject. This is because the companies are still in the process of testing the waters for the new challenges that will fall unto their shoulders now that the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack is counting its last breaths.
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