Originally Posted by phosej
I'm a long time Apple user and really wanted to like the 7 but I just can't get behind nixing the 3.5 mm jack, especially when there are so many downsides to me personally. I listen to music and care about sound quality so the Earpods and new Airpods just won't cut it. I already have a pair of high end wired headphones and I don't want to downgrade to Bluetooth ones that I'll have to charge all the time. I don't want to carry around various adapters and dongles to make everything work between my iPhone, iPad, and rMBP. Like many others, I am deeply entrenched in the Apple ecosystem so all I can do is wait and hope for something better to come along.
The content in those two links is spot on and fairly well written. Thank you for sharing.
EDIT: Wanted to pull out some choice quotes I agree with.
1. The headphone jack is outdated, like floppy disks and physical media.
Wrong. Your ears are analog, and that's not going to change. To hear music, it must at some point be converted from digital data into an analog waveform by a digital-to-analog (D/A) converter. That waveform is used to electrically move a piece of material that moves air against your eardrum. If the music player has a speaker (like every phone), it must contain a D/A converter. So that's not going away; Apple's just denying you the connection to it.
Now Apple wants everyone else to put redundant D/A converters in every listening appliance. Every headset, earbud, car stereo, home stereo, boombox, hotel-room clock radio, TV, portable amp, PA system. Yeah, this isn't just about headphones. It's about an entire planet's worth of sound reproduction equipment that does and always will have to deliver an analog waveform to your ears.
So no, this is not comparable to abandoning an obsolete format.
2. Removing the headphone jack will allow Apple to make the phone thinner.
This is a crock. The Lightning port is 3mm across. The headphone jack is 3.7mm across. And the iPhone's thickness will be dictated by the protruding camera lens.
We already covered this excuse above, and nobody is campaigning for thinner iPhones. To continue to push this played-out marketing gimmick embarrasses Apple and lends credence to the claim that they're out of ideas.
3. Almost everyone uses wireless headphones, proven by the fact that more wireless ones are sold now.
Lame strawman. Music players come with earbuds, so most people (sadly) will simply put up with them and not buy anything better. It stands to reason that those who do buy additional headphones are likely to buy wireless ones (because they already have wired earbuds, in case I need to spell that out).
But that doesn't matter anyway: The headphone jack doesn't prevent anyone from using wireless or digital headphones.