The headphone jack is becoming extinct

The headphone jack has been around for over a hundred years first being used by operators. Yes I know what those are, for telecommunication company until the industry moved to the 3.5mm headphone jack that was popularized by the Sony Walkman, long before my time, in the 1970s that has long remained a key part of mobile devices, but now seems that is going the way of the dinosaur and will soon be extinct as more and more devices moving to Bluetooth technology.

The trend started back in 2016, Apple opted not to include the headphone jack in the iPhone 7, making waves across the tech industry.

Samsung, who has been one of the last champions of the headphone jack, recently revealed the Galaxy Note 10 will not have the traditional headphone jack.

It is interesting on how things change, and how companies view innovation in the industry as Samsung now promotes this change as innovation in the industry even though the company took every opportunity back in 2016 to ridicule Apple for removing the headphone jack when it did.

So, why did Samsung follow Apple and remove the jack? The answer may be obvious to engineers and designers, the jack had to go in order to make room for other components. Specifically, Samsung needed more space to cram larger batteries into both the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+.

Samsung could have kept the jack and could have crammed in larger batteries that are thicker, but that would have also meant making the Note 10s thicker, by gutting the headphone jack and making the batteries thinner and taller, Samsung was able to safely fit them inside the phones’ thin bodies.

There’s also another reason Samsung removed the headphone jack: According to the company’s post-purchase research, the majority of Galaxy Note users are using wireless headphones or earbuds with their phones.

Whether they’re using Samsung’s own IconX or Galaxy Buds or another brand’s wireless headphones, Note users are early adopters of new technologies and have embraced a wire-free listening experience.

Plus looking at the industry, other phones, like the Pixel 3 and Huawei P30 Pro, don’t have headphone jacks, either. Whatever the case, the loss of the port is no longer as unreasonable as it was a few years ago and it is here to stay. So, what was a risky move has now become the standard for the industry, well at least for today.

by Calli Gregg