Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has warned the company that removing the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 would be a bad move.
Rumors have swirled that the new iPhone 7, likely set to be released next month, might be the first to drop a physical headphone jack. The device is rumored to be so thin that having a standard-sized jack would be impossible.
Users are increasingly turning to Bluetooth wireless earbuds, but the move would still likely anger many iPhone customers, including one of Apple’s founders.
“If it’s missing the 3.5 millimeter earphone jack, that’s going to tick off a lot of people,” Steve Wozniak said in an interview with the Australian Financial Review on Wednesday.
“I would not use Bluetooth… I don’t like wireless. I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth, and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music.”
Wozniak and his close friend Steve Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976.
Adapters already exist that would allow customers to use Bluetooth with wired headphones, but the quality of the sound would still be dependent on the quality of the wireless connection.
Bluetooth 5 is set to roll out later this year or in early 2017, an improved technology that promises significantly increased range, speed, and broadcast messaging capacity.
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