Not The First Time The Jack Is Missing...
With the release of the iPhone 7 many are looking at the lack of 3.5mm headphone jack and wondering how someone can accept a phone that will not work with the numerous sets of earphones that are lying around there house.
When the iPhone 7 was first announced, my mind immediately went to a popular phone that I owned back in 2007 - the Nokia 5300. The Nokia 5300 was the bee's knees. But it did not come with a 3.5mm jack. Instead, it came with a tiny adapter that was plugged into the phone. This adapter was about the same size as the diameter of a 50c (EUR) coin, much smaller and less bulky than Apple's solution.
Apart from their obvious differences, despite the lack of 3.5mm jack on the Nokia 5300, the device went on to sell 30million units back in 2007. Nokia took a chance with this device by not using the industry standard in audio connectors and it paid off for them with this device. Though the benefit that Nokia had was that they did not completely eliminate the port completely as Apple did, the charging and audio ports were still very much different.
Though Apple states that this decision took courage to make, they are effectively building on Nokia's idea of changing things up. Only time will tell if this decision works out for Apple or if its user's will flock to Android. Like most sheep though, hardcore Apple fans will still spend monstrous money to get their mitts on these devices.