With the introduction of Lightning connector headphones, Apple’s intent to make the next iPhone slimmer in the name of innovation by removing the headphone jack seems to be more real than ever. So real that a petition has been started to prevent Apple from doing so, and there are already more than 200,000 signed petitions.
The petition on Sum Of Us shows that it is trying to get a goal of 250,000 signed petitions. With the world moving forward at such a fast pace, you’d think that Apple’s idea of removing the headphone jack would be a huge step forward; not only for technology, but for the people as well. However, over 200,000 (and counting) people beg to differ. The petition reads:
Apple is about to rip off every one of its customers. Again.
It goes without saying that this move will be a disadvantage to its customers. First of all, headphones with the 3.5mm audio jack would be useless as they cannot be used with the iPhone 7. A line picked from the petition:
It will singlehandedly create mountains of electronic waste — that likely won’t get recycled.
Secondly, the iPhone 7 will most likely come shipped without an earpod. Unless Apple is generous enough to provide a wireless or lightning connector headphones, customers will need to get one on their own.
Apple has always made products based on what it thinks is best for its customers instead of what they want; much like the new MacBook that only has one USB Type-C port. When and if Apple officially unveils the iPhone 7 without a headphone jack, it could be a deal breaker for most Apple fans. Then again, this isn’t the first time a smartphone doesn’t have a headphone jack – take a look at the Oppo R5.