#SteveWozniak #iPhone7 – Wozniak Calls For Better iPhone 7 Bluetooth, Or Headphone Jack : Steve Wozniak, co-founder of tech giant Apple, has said that many customers will be left frustrated if the company gets rid of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7.
The 3.5 mm headphone jack has been subject to persistent rumors that Apple will remove it from the upcoming flagship smartphone. The new handset is slated for release in early September, and buyers may find that they are missing a key connector, writes John Davidson for AFR.
Strong rumors about loss of 3.5 mm headphone jack
Apple has not confirmed whether or not it will get rid of the 3.5 mm audio port, but it looks likely. It is thought that the company is going to introduce a Bluetooth “EarPod” that will be connected to the iPhone wirelessly.
For those Apple iPhone owners that have already invested in third-party headphones, this would mean buying an adapter that would fit whatever port is included on the next-generation handset. It is rumored that the Lightning port will remain, but could be upgraded to a magnetic port.
However Wozniak is downbeat on the rumored changes. “If it’s missing the 3.5mm earphone jack, that’s going to tick off a lot of people,” Mr Wozniak told The Australian Financial Review. “I would not use Bluetooth … I don’t like wireless. I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth, and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music.”
Apple co-founder intent on using existing accessories
Wozniak co-founded Apple alongside Steve Jobs, before leaving the company in 1985. However he still has an advisory role and remains on the Apple payroll. Wozniak said that he likes the accessories that he currently uses, and would likely use an adapter in order to continue using them.
“Mine have custom ear implants, they fit in so comfortably, I can sleep on them and everything. And they only come out with one kind of jack, so I’ll have to go through the adaptor,” he said. “If there’s a Bluetooth 2 that has higher bandwidth and better quality, that sounds like real music, I would use it. But we’ll see. Apple is good at moving towards the future, and I like to follow that.”