“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” the old saying goes.
That’s what a good number of people are saying in the wake of the
My Yahoo Finance colleague David Pogue is actually a big proponent of the move, contending the headphone jack adds unnecessary bulk (see his piece, “
Living without the headphone jack in my phone also forced me change some of my habits.
I can’t listen to music through wired headphones and charge my phone at the same time, something I do a lot of — and I bet a good number of other people do — when I get to the office or just before I head home for a 5-mile run. I can’t use the pair of Lightning EarPods provided with the iPhone 7 to listen to music on or join my editors for Google Hangouts on my MacBook Pro, which still has that legacy headphone jack port.
So now I carry two pairs of EarPods around: one for my phone and one for my computer. It’s frustrating when I blindly rummage through my backpack at work only to come up with the wrong pair of earbuds.
I also finally threw down $150 for a pair of wireless PowerBeats 2 headphones on sale for running. Do I regret the purchase? Not really. The PowerBeats 2 are incredibly comfortable to wear, and the audio quality is good enough for my day-to-day needs. It’s also liberating to run cord-free. But I wish the 5-hour battery life were twice that, and I seriously dread the day they go missing, simply because they’ve fallen off my shoulder.
The tradeoff for these issues? A larger battery and bigger taptic engine in the iPhone 7 where the headphone jack used to be. I don’t mind the former — I do in fact get an extra 1-2 hours of juice between charges because of it — but I couldn’t care less about the latter.
Ask me in a few months, and I may feel differently. The matte black iPhone 7 I’m using is an otherwise excellent smartphone, from the brisk performance to that gorgeous display. In fact, I’d go so far to say it’s darned near perfect.
But don’t ask me about the headphone jack. It’s still a sore subject.
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