In September 2016, Apple announced that their then-new iPhone 7 would ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone jack, in favor of their Bluetooth AirPods or a Lightning connector adapter. This move was met with both criticism and interest by the general public.
Recently, in September 2017, Google announced that their Pixel 2 phone would follow a similar path, ditching the headphone jack in favor of their own version of the AirPods, the Pixel Buds.
Google isn't the only manufacturer attempting to drop the headphone jack, however. A number of other major manufacturers have followed in Apple's footsteps, though a number of holdouts remain:
|Device Name||Headphone Jack?|
|Samsung Galaxy S8|
|Xiaomi Mi 6|
Note that these are only a few examples from late last year and early this year, and newer devices similarly have a mix of missing and present headphone jacks.
Time will tell if the gamble on removing the headphone jack will pay off for Apple in the long run. iPhone sales showd a small dip in 2016, the same year as the iPhone 7's release. However, whether this is just a random fluke or the start of a consumer trend against the lost feature is unclear.
|Year||Number of devices sold|
Many users have expressed disdain for this trend, swearing to never purchase a device that fails to include a headphone jack. Users complain about difficulty working with existing audio hardware, expensive proprietary dongles, and a decrease in audio quality. Others have praised the decision, citing the age of the 3.5mm jack standard and the added space for new features in their favorite devices.