Steve Wozniak Isn't Thrilled About The Prospect of Apple Ditching the Headphone Jack

By Tom Pritchard on at

All the leaks and rumours point towards Apple ditching the standard 3.5mm headphone jack in favour of lighting-compatible headphones. Naturally there are quite a few people not happy about that prospect, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is one of them.

Speaking to the Australian Fiancial Review, Woz revealed that he's pretty attached to his current pair of headphones and doesn't want to have to replace them  (or getting an adaptor)  for such an arbitrary reason.

“Mine have custom ear implants, they fit in so comfortably, I can sleep on them and everything," Woz said, "And they only come out with one kind of jack, so I’ll have to go through the adaptor.” He also added, “if [the iPhone 7 is] missing the 3.5mm earphone jack, that’s going to tick off a lot of people.”

He's not wrong. People don't like change, especially when that change suddenly makes all your existing gear obsolete. Nobody is fond of unnecessary adaptors, especially when they might look like this and probably cost a fortune.

There's always the wireless option, but Woz doesn't seem to keen on that either. He said if there was a new generation of Bluetooth (which he called Bluetooth 2) that had better bandwidth and lets people listen to something that "sounds like real music," he might use it.

The 3.5mm jack and cable is a cheap setup that works well enough for now, but will we have to change in the future? A digital transition might be good, but people don't like ditching what they know - especially if the alternatives aren't as convenient. [Australian Financial Review via VentureBeat]