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iPhone 7: Yay or Nay?

Majda Causevic, Reporter

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It’s been a two months since the release of the iPhone 7 and it begs the question, “How have customers adjusted to the new product?”

The anticipation of the new iPhone 7 model brought up the most common questions, “What does it look like? What was added? Where did the headphone jack go?”

Ever since a sneak peak of the iPhone 7 was released, hinting at the removal of the headphone jack, it left me confused as to how I was going to listen to Pandora. Music is one of many mainstream applications–one of my most used features of the iPhone.

How are we going to listen to the music? Listeners can listen to music via new headphones that come with the purchase, known as EarPods, that connect to the charging port. At least Apple isn’t leaving customers high and dry to fend for themselves. They provide a pair with your purchase instead of separately. What about your old earphones? Don’t stress, Apple has you covered. Apple invented an adapter which connects your old earbuds to the charging port which is bought separately.

Ultimately, all this lets companies eat your money.. Apple created an iconic moment–opening your first set of of AirPods. However, they require the use of Bluetooth and have a five hour battery life. It is ridiculous. They are the same headphones, just wireless and more expensive. Not to mention, the AirPods can be lost in .2 seconds. Why would I want to buy two hundred dollar earphones only to lose it the second I walk out the door?

The 3.5mm jack plug may be 50 year old technology, but the uses are still relevant. Whether it’s to tune out your teacher, jam out in your car, or go to your happy place, the jack plug is part of it all. Not every company is caught up with Apple’s lightning port, leaving consumers with useless products that still require the jack port. Apple is making you jump through unnecessary hoops which can be completely unavoidable by keeping the jack plug. Not everyone has all the time and money to replace all their gadgets, but I mean I guess that’s why there is such thing as an adapter.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that Apple is manufacturing advanced technology and pulling our society into the future with wireless headphones, but without the headphone jack, users now require an adapter which connects to the power port which is just another thing to carry around and lose.

Despite criticism from others, Senior Damian Furgal has some positive things to say. “I’m happy with my purchase and don’t regret it at all.I’m not that bothered by the lack of a headphone jack. I have never really listened to music while charging my phone so it doesn’t pose a problem. The headphone jack was useful, but now they wanted to use another way to have consumers listen to music and that’s good too. It makes the phone look way more symmetrical, which my OCD self absolutely loves.”

The headphone jack was eliminated to make the space more useful. Instead of the one purpose jack, it was replaced with a second sound speaker, aking your listening experience even better by producing sound louder and clearer. Louder music is always better because you can easily turn the volume down instead of up and don’t have to strain your ears just to hear the beat. That is the sacrifice customers need to be okay with. It is either suffer through having to bring the adapter along and risk forgetting it or have better quality music

Think of it this way. Apple not only found a way to make money off adapters, but now you get louder music as well. Apple products are not only looking to get ahead with technology, but to be branded as unique. Instead of one step forward, they take leaps.

Overall, despite the inconvenience of the removal of the jack, the iPhone is one of the first to remove the jack, despite such criticism. It was a great idea because besides the jack, louder speakers were always a want, and now it is a guarantee.

Apple has always stepped up their game with technology and I don’t doubt for a second that they will stop anytime soon.

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