Apple Says It Ditched the Headphone Jack to Enable Significant Camera, Battery, and Water Resistance Improvements

Apple Says It Ditched the Headphone Jack to Enable Significant Camera, Battery, and Water Resistance Improvements

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In a BuzzFeed interview following the unveiling of the iPhone 7, Apple executives explain why they ditched the headphone jack.

“The audio connector is more than 100 years old,” said Apple VP Greg Joswiak. “It had its last big innovation about 50 years ago. You know what that was? They made it smaller. It hasn’t been touched since then. It’s a dinosaur. It’s time to move on.”

Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior VP of hardware engineering, said “We’ve got this 50-year-old connector — just a hole filled with air — and it’s just sitting there taking up space, really valuable space. In a world of mobile and cellular connectivity, the one wired vestige out there is this cable hanging from people’s ears to their phones — why?”

“It was holding us back from a number of things we wanted to put into the iPhone,” reveals Riccio. “It was fighting for space with camera technologies and processors and battery life. And frankly, when there’s a better, modern solution available, it’s crazy to keep it around.”

Ricco explains the the driver ledge, a small printed circuit board that drives the display and backlight was typically placed at the top of the device. Unfortunately, the driver ledge interfered with the iPhone 7's larger camera system so Apple wanted to move it lower in both models but there it interfered with the audio jack.

Engineers tried removing the jack and they discovered it was easier to install the new Taptic Engine that is needed for the new touch sensitive home button. Second, they were able to increase the battery's size. The iPhone 7 battery is now 14% bigger and the iPhone 7 Plus battery is now 5% bigger. This gives iPhone 7 users an additional two hours of battery life and iPhone 7 Plus users an additional hour.

Finally, removing the audio jack eliminated a key point of ingress that helped the iPhone meet IP7 water resistance.

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Apple Says It Ditched the Headphone Jack to Enable Significant Camera, Battery, and Water Resistance Improvements

PHUKAI - September 10, 2016 at 12:28am
If you paid close attention, you'd understand why they mentioned 'courage' to begin with, you cowardly fool! It's called moving along with technology. We went through so many changes of how we listen to out music and wireless is the next step. After all, audio jack is history like many other ports and drives that became obselete and the jack is going to become that in the next decade according to ZDnet after all it's fair shares and 100+ years of use from when it first was introduced compared to now (don't get me started on long speech). Piss people off? Get real and a life! Lightning headphones with quality EarPods and Airpods! Upgraded sound, no more tugging or tangling with this remarkable achievement. BTW, watchmojo once mentioned wires are becoming obselete. lawl
Great! - September 9, 2016 at 12:17am
The idea of water resistance here is that if you accidentally drop your phone into water, that it will likely survive getting wet. It isn't for you to purposely take it swimming with you. Don't be an idiot.
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Kk - September 8, 2016 at 1:15pm
Audio jack!!!!!!! Come on apple! You are suppose to innovate! Not renovate!
Jj - September 8, 2016 at 2:23pm
More like you need to be waking up, not assuming without researching and btw the jack hasn't been innovative since the smaller version of it, the 2.5mm jack.
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