Why the 3.5 mm jack is indispensable

For more than 50 years, there is already the 3.5 mm jack to enjoy music on headphones.

So is time to banish the beloved connection to the technology graveyard, to make room for something new ? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! Even in 2016 Jack is still indispensable – even in smartphones.
Last week, we explained why the 3.5 mm jack in his opinion should be buried.

At the end, the customer pays more

Perhaps the most important argument first: The 3.5 mm jack is a generally accepted and enforced standard. In a time of virtually every major technology companies do their own thing, standards are not be overestimated.

Should a future iPhone come without the 3.5mm plug, Apple would not USB type C block certainly – but a proprietary solution such as Lightning. That manufacturer such “island solutions” also can pay handsomely, the customer must, therefore, dig deeper into their pocket at the end, is known.

Solid engagement in the option

What we have come directly to the next objection to the sudden death of 3.5mm port: Selection . Unlike modern smartphones that started basically only with the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 to life , the well-known jack existed for more than 50 years.

Already the Sony EFM 117j of 1965 had a port for the plug. It follows an incredible number of headphones, speakers, microphones and other devices that rely on the 3.5 mm jack connection. An elimination of the port would limit the smartphone users heavily in his choice.

And please what kind of a tenuous argument that the 3.5mm jack takes away supposedly valuable space in the smartphone ? We are talking about a vanishingly small plug that needs contrary only a vanishingly small port. A USB Type-C port is only minimally smaller .

Who incidentally has the hope that the “space saving” – so limited it may be – leads end up in larger battery that has been asleep the past few years.

If at all the extra space would only be used to make smartphones even thinner. For that reason alone, to of anorexic smartphone designers can still enforce needed ergonomics, we should adhere to the 3.5 mm jack connection.

Of course: Eventually, the 3.5mm plug will be decommissioned – here no one who holds from sentimentality to old technology writes. Yet the time is not ripe for cutting this braid.