Apple finally went through with it. It killed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7. In its place, you can use headphones that connect to the Lightning port. But Apple thinks the future is wireless headphones. And AirPods are its vision for that future.
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To the surprise of exactly no one, Apple's new generation of iPhones will not include a standard 3.5mm headphone input. The decision signals the demise of an audio port that's been used for more than 100 years -- and honestly, it's about time. The death of the headphone jack is a very good thing. Hear me out.
Apple spent a lot of time today explaining that the iPhone 7 is the most "refined" iteration yet. Which is just a fancy way of saying that this phone's design is going to look very similar to last year's phone. Aside from a slightly different finish for the jet black model (glossy!) and some redesigned antenna lines, and that apocalyptic loss of a headphone jack, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus look very similar to their predecessors.
Forget fancy cameras in your iPhone, or iOS 10, or the lack of a headphone jack. The real thing to celebrate out of today's iPhone 7 announcement is the end of the piddly arse 16 gigabyte iPhone. That dreaded "out of storage warning" will now be a thing of the past... at least until you load up your 32GB iPhone with millions of videos of your cat doing something cute.
Apple just wrapped up its special media event in California, where it launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and some other new hardware. This was easily one of the biggest technology events of the year and there were plenty of huge announcements you'll want to know about.
After more than a year of speculation, Apple's new iPhones are finally here. Predictably named the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple's twin gadgets are glass-and-aluminium reflections of what has come before. But in the few places where Apple does makes some changes, it makes them count.
The Apple Watch was destined to be a disappointment when it launched in 2015. Many prophesied that it'd usher in a golden age of wearables, much like the iPhone did for smartphones. But that didn't really happen. Maybe the Apple Watch Series 2 can change the narrative.