I’ve heard around the office and read a few articles about the potential of Apple killing off the standard 3.5mm headphone jack that has been around for decades. As expected, there are a lot of people who are expressing their hatred towards Apple even though there is no concrete evidence that such a thing is going to happen!
What makes me laugh is that this is not the first time Apple has made a move like this. It depresses me that as a species we are so quick to forget things and immediately jump on the hatred bandwagon.
In every case I can think of a move like this from Apple has always improved the technology industry as a whole in ways that benefit more people/companies/products than their own.
Ditching the floppy drive for CD-ROM gave people the push it needed to adopt the newer medium.
Ditching the CD/DVD drive not only made MacBook’s thinner, lighter and ultimately more portable, but it also drove the download culture to newer heights.
As a result of MacBook’s getting thinner the Ethernet port disappeared. What a great way to destroy the download culture, right? Wrong! Wi-Fi speeds jumped from 802.11b (10Mbps) to 802.11g (54Mbps), but they stalled for a long time. Once Apple started pushing Wi-Fi only devices the innovation in Wi-Fi improved and Apple even works with the standards bodies for wireless Ehternet. My MacBook Pro has 802.11n, which is capable of up to 350Mbps and the latest Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac in the new Aiport Extreme and MacBook’s is capable of up to 1.3Gbps!
If the industry remained complacent, then we would all be hard wired into our home networks still. What a sad world that would be!
So, with the increasing number of rumors that Captain Cook and his merry men are removing the 3.5mm headphone jack I urge all of the doubters to just take a step back and think for a moment before jumping on the hatred bandwagon.
There could be something magical in store!