Sheesh. Apple announced a new model iPhone, the iPhone 7, and once again, they’ve jiggered cables and connectors. I’m a big Mac fan, and have been since the early 1980s, but there are two things I detest about their products.
iTunes is a clumsy, ugly abomination. Why a company with a reputation for clean interfaces persists in retaining this kludge is a mystery.
Cables. Fuck but I hate Apple’s constant game of musical chairs. I’ve lived through SCSI (various flavors), weird buses, incessant games with power connectors, firewire, thunderbolt, etc., etc., etc. I have a huge collection of oddball cables and adapters at home and in the lab.
And now, with this new phone, they’ve discarded a simple, robust connector: the simple 3.5mm audio port. The one every other phone and music player has by default; I’ve got one on the dashboard of my car, for heck’s sake. The most reliable connector I’ve got. The one I use for the really nice high quality headphones I just bought.
And what do we get instead? No connector. It uses a wireless signal. And worse, it’s not anything standard — it’s a proprietary Apple signal. The only thing that works with it are Apple’s $159 wireless earbuds…or alternatively, you use a dongle that plugs into the thunderbolt port and has a standard microphone jack.
I will not buy it. It’s dumb. And unfortunately, I’m using an iPhone 4 (which is fine, I’m in no rush to update), and if I were to need a new model, I’m not going to get one that saddles me with an additional battery and has a couple of easily lost overpriced tiny earbuds. Android would look more attractive at that point.
I’m just going to have to hope that they see reason with iPhone 8, and revert back to something standard. They have in the past, many times.