It’s cool that he can waste a ton of money and show us how this is done. I’d personally just buy a different brand with a phone jack if I really wanted one. The phone I’m looking at now doesn’t have a headphone jack, and I’m not worried since it comes with special earbuds and I already have Bluetooth earbuds and Bluetooth headphones.
@f00l Apple always gets rid of things too early in the game… I remember the floopy drive removal back with 99% of everything was still floppy disk… asshat behavior on their part since you then had to buy an external one to function. They may be first movers on some things, but they are way, way “too first”.
@RiotDemon He spent a considerable amount of money, but far less than any of us would trying to re-create that. He’s over in China, where parts are far cheaper and more readily available.
Also the practical experience gained from something like this is priceless- if he doesn’t already have a job he likes, this would go a long way to finding one.
@Kidsandliz@f00l I used to have a Sony walkman phone many years ago that didn’t have a headphone jack. Came with proprietary headphones. A few other phones have done it, but I suppose so many people complain that they end up keeping it around.
@f00l that was a little sharper than I was aiming for. I get exasperated, as “the future” seems suspiciously expensive, dependent on batteries with shelf lives, proprietary, and in the interests of the business models of a few companies.
Put differently, a company other than Apple wouldn’t have removed the headphone jack, and Apple didn’t need to. But now that they started that snowball rolling, I’m going to have to have stupid little Bluetooth dongles on all my headphones, or stupid external DACs on everything.
The absurd part is where people generally nod along and call it progress.
I would feel differently, I think, if Apple’s play for wireless headphones wasn’t proprietary, and if wireless connections in general weren’t very subject to interference.
I am – very probably – going to miss headphone jacks’ ubiquity for the rest of my life, or until I haven’t used one for a decade, whichever comes first. I was delighted by them while they were a thing, having tried to be mindful of the state of technology and my relationship to it. I don’t see that they are being replaced with anything that isn’t markedly worse.