If we are to look at the history of technology and at Apple’s development in the last three decades, we come to a surprising conclusion. Many people say that Apple predicts change with brave steps forward. However, there are others who just consider that Apple imposes change. Nevertheless, there will always be the rabbling masses who will choose to question. Amidst the noise and outrage, users already accustomed to Apple’s actions are saying their farewells to the audio jack.
How many of us still use floppy disk drives? Would they still be used if the iMac featured a floppy disk drive? In the world of non-Apple PCs, the 5” ½ floppy disk was around until the CD took its place. The iMac renounced the 3” ½ floppy and chose to just stick to the CD altogether. PC users continued to still buy towers with an A-drive because of the just-in-case mentality and because they were also inexpensive.
In the world of music, audio cassettes replaced vinyl. Users complained that the new audio quality was not as great but they eventually went with it. Portability was a huge plus. Eventually, the audio cassette was replaced with the Audio CD. People again complained that cassette technology still had much to offer. Audio CDs were just a fad anyway
Audio CDs eventually proved to be reliable, at least until MP3 showed up. The people who once more complained about audio quality were quickly muted by the awesomeness of FLAC files. The latter proved to be too big in file size for the average user, who instead opted to store a few dozen songs onto a CD.
However, the iPod came along and suddenly CD players seemed unnecessarily big and heavy. Not to mention that most CDs were not re-writable meaning users had to store quite a few. The MacBook followed years later and Apple users finally saw the fall of the CD and DVD.
How many of us still use CDs and DVDs on a daily basis? Every seven or eight years, Apple finds another piece of technology which the rest of the world still considers to be core and common, looks for a newer technological substitute, and when they find one, do away with the older technologies. The rabbling masses cry out in honor of the audio jack because change is horribly frightening at times. Additionally, it can prove to also be expensive.
The iPhone 7 is the first product in its line to not feature the classical audio jack and from this point on, it will be truly surprising to find a future Apple product with one. The only question without an answer now is: what will Apple do away with next?