We’ve all heard the news, seen the photos and laughed at all the hilarious Apple AirPod memes. But in case you’ve been living under a rock the past few weeks, Apple recently launched its brand new iPhone 7 with a redesign that no longer includes a headphone jack. Instead, Apple introduced AirPods, the company’s new wireless headphones that look as ridiculous as the name suggests.
Now that the headphone jack is off our phones, rumors are swirling that the MacBook will be the next to lose that tiny little port. Shortly after the introduction of the new iPhone, users started sharing screenshots from an e-mail survey they received from Apple. The survey questions asked users if they use the headphone jack on their MacBook and how often they use a USB or thumb drive.
We don’t know exactly when or how, but it is likely Apple is planning to remove the headphone jack from our MacBook computers next. Your first reaction might be to get upset and annoyed by the thought of this, but consider why it’s actually a good (and smart) idea that Apple continues removing the headphone jack.
1. No One Uses It That Often
Seriously, think about how often you actually use the headphone jack on your computer. If you have some kind of job in film or music, I’d believe you if you said you do use it quite often. But, I’m willing to bet average consumers barely use headphones with their computer.
Personally, I really only use mine when I’m on an airplane and want to watch something on my laptop. If you are currently picturing all the times you do use them with your laptop, consider this next thought.
2. Wireless Headphones Are More Convenient
Ok, let’s forget about those AirPods for a moment. Have you ever actually used wireless headphones? How about with Bluetooth and noise canceling? Unless you’re a big audiophile, they’re actually pretty great.
While I’m sure for now that we’ll be limited to using the options Apple makes compatible with its products, the good news is that losing the headphone jack is not the end of the world. It just means you’ll have to get used to wireless products, which, really isn’t a horrible idea.
Still not convinced? Think about this then: with wireless headphones you will never have to deal with sticking your hand in your pocket, only to find a jumble of cords that takes forever to untangle.
3. You Can Still Use Wired Headphones
Ok, I get that you still hate this idea and can’t get on board with it. The good news is that, even if they do remove the headphone jack from the MacBook, it doesn’t mean you can never use your cherished wired headphones ever again.
There are adaptors and the Apple lightning cable. There will still be a USB drive. Sure, it’s a roundabout solution, but hey, you’re the one who doesn’t want to get on board with the wireless revolution.
4. Plus, the Future Is Wireless
Come on, don’t kid yourself. The future is wireless. I know it looks ridiculous now and we want to laugh at the idea of cordless headphones, but as technology advances, the first thing to go will be the wires. Think about phones: those used to have a cord and were connected to our walls with a dial. Now we have the iPhone 7.
We already have Bluetooth headsets and, sure, those people look a little funny when you’re not sure who they’re talking to, but all of these technological changes are about getting us ready and comfortable for a wireless future.
In the future, we’ll all be wearing wireless headphones. No adapters, no fumbling around with things or buying cheap cans that sound crappy. Wireless everything!
5. It Makes Apple Products Uniform
Apple has always been one to keep its products uniform because they like things clean and simple. Since the headphone jack has already been removed from our phones, all future iPhones won’t have it. So no matter how long you hold out on upgrading, eventually, you’ll end up with a phone that doesn’t have a headphone jack.
That said, it would be a smart move on Apple’s part to remove the headphone jack from MacBook computers because users will adapt to the change and wireless headphones soon enough.
This is all just speculation for now, but I would say it’s highly likely that we’re going to see the headphone jack removed from the MacBook, we just don’t know when. But when that time does come, feel free to return back to this article to help you cope.