Quite honestly, I’m angered by it. I detest the idea of wireless headphones: one or two more batteries to worry about keeping charged or that won’t last as long as I want/need them to, tiny earbuds to fall out and get lost forever outside or even just disappear in the house, more expense because wireless, and perhaps most aggravating of all, lack of easy high quality sound. I have tried half a dozen Bluetooth headphones over the years, and every one of them imparted some amount of degradation to the sound quality. The novelty of not being tethered to my phone was cool for about 5 minutes before I realized the cord really didn’t bother me much. (I have narrow ear canals too, which means most earphones, earplugs, etc. just don’t work for me. I need nice large cushy over-ear cans, like my Sony MDR-X10s!)
The industry, spurred by Apple, seems to believe in forcing consumers to change their habits for no good reason. You can’t really argue that manufacturers NEED the tiny extra space occupied by the headphone jack for more technology or features. That jack has been in our phones for over a decade…they don’t suddenly need to remove it for something else to fit.
@PooltoyWolf As a previous dissenter, I held the same opinions as you. Now having the Note 10+, I see that for my situation, it’s not as dire as I initially thought. I use my ATH-M50xBT headphones and they work great with a really long battery life. And I keep the USB-C AKG earbuds in my bag in the unexpected situation where my headphones die.
I’d still prefer a headphone jack, but it’s not the end of the world as expected.