Apple innovates smartphone market with iPhone 7

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Daniel Smith, Asst. Opinion Editor

Apple recently released the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, causing many fans to whine about the lack of 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Buyers have taken to social media to complain about the absence of the headphone jack and to claim that Apple is only trying to make more money off of them.

The removal of the headphone jack was not the only update to the phone.
The new iPhones have the standard updates for new models: faster processors, longer battery life and upgraded displays. They also feature an updated design and are available in new Black and Jet Black finishes.

The Black finish is nice, but the Jet Black finish looks like it is prone to scratches and fingerprints.

These additions to the phones are being overlooked as buyers continue to complain because they think they will not being able to use their outdated headphones if they lose the adapters that come with the new phones.

If buyers are that worried about losing the adaptor they need to use their headphones, why are they not that worried about losing the headphones themselves? Or better yet, why aren’t they worried about losing the phone?

Yes, the lack of headphone jack will be an inconvenience at first, but it is necessary for innovation.

The 3.5 mm headphone jack is an outdated technology that has been around in some form for over 100 years. While it may have worked fine, it prevented further innovation.

People need to stop complaining about the removal of the headphone jack. Apple removing the headphone jack from its phones will not cause the world to end or the stock market to crash.

Everyone is worried about the loss of the headphone jack, but they are forgetting to look at all of the innovations that Apple was able to put into the new phones because of the free space.

One of the innovations that comes with ditching the headphone jack is audio quality.

Analog 3.5 mm headphones cannot match the audio quality of Apple’s digital Lightning headphones or the wireless freedom of Bluetooth headphones.

Lightning headphones can produce a sound quality that is unmatched by 3.5 mm headphones, which will give consumers a more enjoyable music listening experience.

Apple introduced their own wireless headphones, with their own wireless technology. Set to release in October, Apple’s AirPods will cost consumers around $160.

While that may be a high price to pay for now, the headphones will likely become cheaper as the technology ages.

Wireless headphones are the future of audio playback, and Apple is just making that future come sooner than people thought.
The removal of the jack will actually make the iPhone 7 better.

According to Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, removing the headphone jack was necessary to improve the phone.

“It was fighting for space with camera technologies and processors and battery life,” Riccio said of the headphone jack.

By removing the jack, Apple was able to install a “Taptic Engine” to replace the home button, increase the battery life by about two hours, and increase the water resistance of the phone.

The increased battery life and water resistance alone make the phones worth buying. The “Taptic Engine” benefits the phones by removing the home button that occasionally broke on older models.

With the increased battery life, users can spend more time writing angry Facebook posts about the headphone jack, or about how they dropped their phone in a puddle but didn’t damage it.

The empty space also allowed Apple to improve the cameras on the upcoming iPhone models.

The iPhone 7 now features optical image stabilization that was only available in a larger iPhone Plus, and the iPhone 7 Plus now features two camera lenses on the back.

The phone has the standard 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and a new, 12-megapixel telephoto lens. This new feature should vastly improve the picture quality of the iPhone and bring it closer to the picture quality of the Samsung Galaxy S7, which far surpasses the picture quality of the iPhone 6s.

The picture quality will not be the same as the Galaxy S7, but at least buyers won’t have to worry about the new iPhone’s catching on fire.

These innovations would not be possible if the headphone jack was still taking up room in the bottom of the phone.

Removing the headphone jack was a necessary step for the advancement of the industry. Buyers will be annoyed by not being able to plug their old headphones into their new phones without an adapter, but the increased battery life and processing power will make up for the hassle.

The decision will also lead to more advanced iPhones in the future. Processors are smaller every year, but the headphone jack remained a constant size. Apple will be able to use the empty space to give future iPhone models even better processors and battery lives.

The headphone jack is gone, and the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be better phones without it. So, why doesn’t everyone stop complaining about it?

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