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No Headphone Jack? No Problem.

No Headphone Jack? No Problem.

With the newly announced iPhone 7 and its removal of the headphone jack, there's no better time to go wireless. Why did Apple make this change? We go over a few reasons below:

Removal of the Headphone Jack

As rumored for years, the 3.5mm headphone jack is gone. Instead, headphones will have to connect to the iPhone using the lightning port.

Apple's reason for doing this? Courage. (Yes, they actually said this.) Though some sources may claim a conspiracy (as Apple owns a headphone company which shall remain nameless), the reasons for this are more related to technology than anything else. The 3.5mm plug is a miniaturized version of the 1/4" plug that was introduced in 1878 for use in telephone switchboards. With it gone, there is no longer the need to convert the digital music signal to analog - manufacturers have more control over the signal. By using a purely digital connection, for the first time ever headphones can communicate back to your device, opening new doors for technology. Imagine a world where the microphone on your headphones can pick up a phrase in a foreign language, and you can see a translation on your phone's screen - this is the first step in making that a reality.

Increased Water Resistance

Removing the headphone jack allowed Apple to meet the IP67 dust & water protection standard. What does this mean? Basically, your phone can get wet, but not toowet. The resistance is enough for the phone to keep water out for up to 30 minutes, at a depth of up to 1 meter. If you drop it in a puddle, use it in the rain, or someone spills their drink all over it, your phone should still work fine (though possibly a bit stickier). However, Apple balances this rating by not covering water damage in their warranty. So we still don't recommend going swimming with your iPhone (or your headphones).

IP67 also means that the iPhone is fully dust-resistant, so you can now feel confident using your phone in wood shops, ancient ruins, or haunted houses.

Though sudden, this change will move audio technology forward in many ways, and we can't wait to see where it takes us. In the meantime, we have you covered for iPhone 7 with our new Wireless Troubadours - (they also work with all older iPhones, iPads, Android devices, PCs, laptops, spaceships, etc - anything with a 3.5mm plug or Bluetooth). There's no better time than now to cut the cord.

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