Audio jack: why he disappeared and how to survive without him

Audio jack: why he disappeared and how to survive without him

The elimination of the audio jack is a practice that began several years ago, but probably destined to remain a current topic of discussion for a long time. What are the causes that led to say goodbye to the dear old audio jack? What’s new with the new door? What could we regret?

Let’s try to give some answers.

I Motivi

Officially, the reason that companies justify choosing to have eliminated the audio jack is linked to thespace requirement for the implementation of new technologies (and the consequent new components).

Now let’s try to think a little more “outside the box”.

We can consider two other factors, related to each other: profit and data collection.

Il profit often has the predominant role: the creation of a new need, in the technological field, always opens a new channel (source of income).

And what is the new need?

The use of services such as e.g. The voice assistantswhich with a bluetooth headset to our ear are always in I listen… and help write our history. Now, almost naturally, we are used to not being able to do without it. With wired earphones, this wouldn’t have been possible.

The most obvious effects

Every novelty has its risks. Even say goodbye to one standard as popular as the audio jack. Let us try to analyze the consequences.

Surely, with one less entry, the degree has increased waterproofingfavoring the various IP/IPX certifications.

Of the BT headsets are more versatile, allow us to dialogue with Google, Siri… maybe to answer calls directly, maybe while we’re cooking.

The wireless headset doesn’t necessarily need a smartphone Neighbor and… it doesn’t let us listen to it anymore radio. And it also has a parameter that the wired twin didn’t even know what it was: the SAR (Specific Absorption Rate), i.e. radiation. Radiation that, albeit minimal, our body takes.

But they have a lot more features: active reduction noise, “ambient noise” mode (each house calls it a different name, but I guess you understood), recognition automatic contacts, music controlmaybe even HRM, GPS integrated, notice of recharge, “find me” function. And then you have to reload them. Also They.

The less obvious effects

One thing is sure: they must be bought apart. And they also go together. We are in the middle, but many people weren’t born with technology, or aren’t as passionate as we are. Non always a click is immediate.

Ahhh so much technology! …And if so breaks?

Or we can use the good old speakerphone! Maybe outdoors, maybe on the bus, or on the train! …Just so that no one hears us e don’t bother to nobody.

Let’s leave out the world of audiophilewhich would hardly connect the jack of their dear wired headphones directly to the missing input but which perhaps with a smartphone with a good DAC inside they might as well have thought about it, from time to time. Let’s think instead of the absence of the audio jack, associated with the introduction of the standard USB-C as a single port on smartphones.

It’s convenient, it conveys different types of data… it can also be used for load the device! Also as power delivery, for supported devices. And also to listen to music, with the appropriate earphones. Leaving aside availability and availability (scarce), this port nonetheless places us before a choice of mutual exclusivity: if we want to stay on the wired, we can either load the device, or listen our audio tracks.


And to think that one of the first, if not the first “pseudo”-smartphone, was the old one Motorola ROKR E1made in collaboration with Apple and with iTunes integrated within it!

ROKR E1 1Motorola ROKR E1

Like the dear old man LED of BlackBerry Legacy, but that’s another story…

And what do you think of eliminating the audio jack from our devices? We are waiting for you in the comments.

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