Buzzfeed: Why Apple Killed the Headphone Jack

John Paczkowski, writing at Buzzfeed about Apple killing the headphone jack:

“It was holding us back from a number of things we wanted to put into the iPhone,” Riccio says. “It was fighting for space with camera technologies and processors and battery life. And frankly, when there’s a better, modern solution available, it’s crazy to keep it around.”

It’s hard to imagine Apple’s hardware design team hamstrung by a diminutive legacy port. But when you’re dealing with a computing device with extraordinarily tight dimensional tolerances, there are bound to be challenges. Riccio spends a good 15 minutes explaining them. I’ll try to do it in two.

Like it or hate it — the decision making process really is interesting.

Vanity Fair Cover Story on Bruce Springsteen

David Kamp, with the cover story on Bruce Springsteen for Vanity Fair:

What might better serve the good of the Republic is the planned release, sometime next year, of Springsteen’s first album of entirely new songs since Wrecking Ball. (His last studio album, 2014’s High Hopes, consisted of covers, new recordings of older songs, and orphaned songs from sessions for his preceding albums.) The new album, as yet untitled, has been finished for more than a year but has sat on the shelf while Springsteen has busied himself with the tour and the book.

That makes at least two really good articles in this issue — the other being from Nick Bilton on Theranos.


Apple Announces iPhone 7 and AirPods

Apple has announced the iPhone 7. It does not contain a 3.5mm headphone jack, instead including lightning headphones in the box, and an adapter for your old headphones. The adapter is also available separately for $9. Apple has also announced their new wireless headphone solution, dubbed “AirPods.” Those will be available in October and cost $159.

The pitch was actually pretty simple: wireless is better. The devil will be in the details of implementation, but they touted a simple pairing method that looks impressive. If I had to guess, I’d say that as battery life in wireless headphones improves, and as they become more popular and costs drop, wireless will be ubiquitous. Being a 90’s kid will be talking about how you used to have a wire running from your phone to your head all the time. It’s going to be an interesting transition to watch.