How quickly things change. And how much they remain the same. Just weeks ago a certain male presidential candidate in U.S. politics was flying high, and now he’s in a fight against everyone in the world because everyone in the world is out to get him and destroy his carefully crafted right wing revolution.
Likewise, just a few months ago Samsung introduced what had to be considered the best smartphone money could buy, the Galaxy Note 7, a slick looking device that– on paper and in the hand– bristled with all the technological accoutrements the Korean washer and dryer maker could managed to stuff into a smartphone. Gorgeous quad-HD screen, quad-core CPU, iris scanner, big battery.
In fact, the only two items missing in the Galaxy Note were the newly released and latest Android Nougat OS, and a Google Maps option to find the nearest fire extinguisher. Samsung managed to go from hero to zero within two months, first with a bold roll out of a great phone with a fatal flaw, then a botched recall effort, and a replacement phone with similar burst-into-flames problem, and now manufacturing has stopped altogether.
Say goodbye to the Samsung Galaxy Note.
Say goodbye to the headphone jack on new MacBook Pro models from Apple.
Apple hasn’t made the announcement yet, but that didn’t stop the folks at Mac Authority from declaring the move from headphone jack to Lightning connector a sure thing. Frankly, removing the analog headphone jack from a new line of MacBook Pros would be a bold move.
Apple executives said the headphone jack in the iPhone took up precious space which could be used for more battery, stereo speakers, a new haptic vibrating thingamajig, and close up a hole which could leak water. Fair enough, but other smartphone makers have managed to have bigger batteries, stereo speakers, vibrating thingamajigs, and a waterproof headphone jack.
But Apple is Apple.
From my perspective as a Mac user since the last century, back to when Mac PowerBooks were some kind of metallic-looking plastic-like non-black, non-brown device with black and white displays, I’m not sure I seen an advantage to removing the venerable headphone jack.
What’s the point?
Does Apple need the space for a larger battery, or a bigger trackpad, or just because? I would rather see a couple of USB-C ports on each side of the MBP’s-to-come, but it’s not like Apple needs to make the MacBook Pro waterproof. It already has stereo speakers, microphone port, and I don’t recall anyone complaining about a headphone jack problem.
But Apple is Apple.
Say goodbye to the headphone jack in the MacBook Pro, if not this year, next year, if not next year, soon. Someday. Why? Because only Apple can push the threshold or the envelope or the design barriers that keep the past from becoming the future. Mac and mouse. 3.5-inch floppy disk. USB connector. Flash SSD. SuperDrive. Apple adds new technology components and kills those same components when their time is ripe.
Everyone knows the future of everything is wireless, including the famous IoT (internet of things), so why not push some wireless Beats headphones onto Mac users?