Let's Talk About That Headphone Jack

Remember Apple's "courage" when the headphone jack was removed in the iPhone 7? Such an old legacy port had no business being in such a new piece of technology we were told. The future lies with the lightning port. And if you have expensive headphones already, a dongle. Which you'll never lose nor forget to bring with you.

Fast forward slightly.

The new Macbook Pro came out. And it had …wait for it… a headphone jack.

Fast forward slightly.

The new iMac Pro became available on Apple's website. And it has …wait for it… a headphone jack.

So I'm not sure where "courage" really fits in here. Is it "courage" by having inconsistent support across devices and thinking that's ok? Or is it "courage" to bet the farm on users buying additional dongles?

6 responses to “Let's Talk About That Headphone Jack”

  1. martymankins says:

    The courage to charge your fans and customers for each and every dongle. With an 8 Plus, I watch my headphone lightning adapter like a hawk.

  2. kapgar says:

    The kicker about the MBP is that it has no Lightning port AT ALL! Two USB-C ports and a stereo headphone jack. Supposedly it's abojt making the phones waterproof but I'm not buying it.

    Oh and I just made it easy and bought Bluetooth earbuds that work with both my 7+ and MBP.

    • kevin says:

      Yeah it's really annoying when all you have with you are your iPhone headphones and you need to use them on your Mac. I just looked on Apple's website and there doesn't even appear to be a lightning to headphone jack dongle to buy even if you wanted one.

  3. Ren says:

    It was the courage to attribute their actions to courage.

    I'm between BT-audio cars at the moment, so I do use the adapter in the car. But it just lives there. I use my AirPods or Staroc BT headphones the rest of the time.

    • kevin says:

      Heh YES! And I did also have a pair of BT headphones until my cat chewed the cable that connected the two buds together. So there's that. Don't even get me started on how much money in headphones and chargers that little bugger has racked up.