Killing off Dated Technology
Apple has been removing dated or legacy technology for 20 years. In one of its earliest and most notable moves, Apple was one of the first major manufacturers to drop support for the floppy disk drive. People were up in arms at the times – and pretty much any other time Apple has dropped something including VGA ports, DVD drives and Firewire.
In the past, Apple has dropped this legacy tech to improve the design and aesthetics of their devices. Sure – people were outraged that the floppy disk drive was going the way of the dodo, but the rest of the computer industry soon caught up.
What is perhaps most upsetting is that Apple seemingly removes legacy tech before users are ready to move on – simply to make nice looking devices. Sure the rest of the computer industry eventually did away with legacy tech such as VGA ports and internal DVD drives, but for every manufacturer that removed the DVD port, there was another manufacturer ready to step in and give consumers choice.
With Apple removing the choice for users to use their (sometimes expensive) wired headsets, they are putting their own design ahead of user needs. Does anyone really think the existing iPhone models are too thick? Will shaving off a millimeter or two on the new phone really make it that more appealing?
Sure, Bluetooth is probably the way of future for headphones, but as soon as you move from a wired technology to wireless, there will be drawbacks.
What are your thoughts on this matter? If Apple does remove the jack, would that make you consider switching to a different phone manufacturer or don’t you mind? Leave your comments below!