Apple had #courage and Google is proving they can imitate just as well as they can innovate.
The headphone jack is effectively dead on cell phones as I suspect other manufacturers will start to implement this “me too” design philosophy.
For me personally, I’m heavily invested in a set of ~299$ Bose noise cancelling ear buds.
Not even because I spent a chunk of change on them, but because they work really fucking well.
They are highly portable and I’ll be damned if they aren’t the best thing in the world to fly with.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the headphone jack being removed from consumer electronics, but I do disagree with the title of this post.
Wired headphones aren’t going anywhere for the same reason you can still buy a wired mouse and keyboard.
Some folks aren’t interested in replacing batteries or charging their devices. More so, the wired devices always provide improved performance.
With that, headphones will remain a mainstay in audio production studios and any other place where reliability is important to the end user.
I’ll be cautious of which cell phone I buy next as I intend to continue using my noise cancelling headphones until there is a wireless alternative that works just as well.
No doubt that eventually the technologies will converge, but I don’t think we’re quite there yet.