Apple has confirmed that the iPhone 7 does not include a headphone jack. In its absence, owners will have to use Lightning or Bluetooth headphones, both of which will be more expensive than a pair that ends in the traditional 3.5mm connector.
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Knowing that plenty of criticism would follow this announcement, Apple tried to address the jack’s removal onstage by laying out three reasons for its removal:
A Lightning dongle can adapt older devices
It frees up space inside the phone for other tech
It furthers Apple’s vision for better audio
But what it all really comes down to, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said, is “courage.” Yes, courage.
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