Originally Posted by otc
How about get rid of it never? The headphone jack has been a standard for decades (and it is a miniature version of a connector that has been use since the late 1800s).
You are never going to have wireless earbuds with the convenience of my cheapo wired earbuds.
I can coil them up and scrunch them in the tight ass pocket of my jeans. I can toss them in a bag. I can forget about them for a month and then pull them out and use them immediately. I don't have to be careful with them...they cost $12. I can plug them into anything, I can share them with a friend. There is no syncing or charging required.
For non-earbuds, there are some really sweet wireless setups out there
, but they don't fit in a pocket and aren't indestructible (and only a few bucks to replace if you do destroy them). They are actually pretty nice--last a decent amount of time for something like subway commuter use, not overly bulky, sound decent, etc.
But earbuds aren't there. They need batteries and electronics to make sound if they aren't taking all of that in analog form from the phone. You can't make this pocket size and dirt cheap right now.
The fact that the headphones I linked to exist is proof enough for me that Apple doesn't need to kill the headphone jack in order to spur development of quality bluetooth headphones.
The use cases you present don't apply to me as well because they're relatively infrequent in my mind -- and that's fine. We have different consumption habits.
For instance, scrunching up ear buds in my pockets? I hate doing that because they get tangled to all hell and back.
I concede your point on being able to use them after a month with no concern over battery life. That's valid.
Cost? Meh. Don't care about that too much. I'd be happy to drop $100 on a decent pair of wireless buds. Though this raises the issue of losing them. Completely wireless buds like the Bragi dash will be so fucking easy to lose. That's no bueno. But the ones like the Jaybird X2 that have wires between the buds? Not that concerned.
Plugging them into any device? Sure. But I honestly cannot remember the last time where I plugged in my ear buds in a device other than my phone. So that doesn't apply to me very much.
Sharing with a friend? Meh, same as the point above. Very infrequent.
I guess I'm just that much more optimistic than you guys and don't think removing the aux jack will be that huge of a problem. It'll be annoying at times, sure, but humans adapt quickly. I say bring it on.