By: Anthony Stotsenberg

Should Apple keep the 3.5 millimeter audio jack? For music listeners, the new iPhone may be lacking the essential 3.5mm audio jack that headphones are plugged into. Now several media outlets report that the new iPhone will be too thin for the 3.5mm audio jack and the new system will be wireless, leaving many headphone users unable to plug in the standard size headphones. Many of Apple’s customers oppose the rumors surrounding the audio jack and over 200,000 people signed petitions to keep the original audio jack with the new iPhones and iPods. I feel that the 3.5mm audio jack is important because it can easily be adapted to fit a seven millimeter audio port and has its place on most phones, even with wireless technology.

The future of the audio jack could be endangered with the improvement of Bluetooth and Apple Lightning technology which is making the original jack obsolete.  Apple may use Apple Lightning headphones to go with its new iPhones. These Lightning headphones would work with the iPhones/iPods, but not with many computers, cars, and Android devices. That leaves the Apple consumer carrying multiple different headphone for their various devices. Apple intends to make future iPhone models too thin and too light for the 3.5mm audio jack to be accommodated. Apple should keep the 3.5mm audio jack on their iPhone as we all need the 3.5mm plug at times and don’t want to purchase additional listening devices.