iPhone 7: The End of the AUX Era

By: Arna M.

Ahh… the iPhone… Such a simple concept, yet an incredibly successful and popular product all around the world. However, recently there has been a lot of controversy about their latest release, the long-awaited iPhone 7, released on the 7th of September.

The iPhone 7’s specifications have of course improved greatly, with a fantastic 12 megapixel camera and Quad-LED True Tone flash (In other words, A+ selfies), a speaker twice as loud as the iPhone 6s, and a new choice of color, the mysterious but beautiful jet black!

Despite these amazing and intriguing new additions, the scrapping of the AUX port has caused quite a commotion in the tech world, not only by Apple’s rivals, but especially by consumers.

Though you may have never thought of this, but the AUX port has been around for many years, from the Sony Walkman, to Portable CD players, and all the way to iPhones, Samsung’s and any other modern smartphone of that matter.

Each year, Apple has been trying to slim the iPhone down and lessen its weight, but recently, the good, old AUX port had been restricting that process. Eventually, it appears that the senior managers at Apple have just decided to scrap the whole thing.

Now, with only one port, the lightning port a.k.a charging port, EarPods with a lightning connector come with the iPhone. Though it may cause the public to whine, questioning what they will do when they want to listen to music and charge their phone at the same time (because God forbid you be away from your phone for 20 minutes! ), there is another more serious problem nearby.

What will the consumer do with his ear/headphones, with an AUX connector, that he/she currently uses with their smartphone? That’s right, they will be tempted to throw them away, as they will have no use for them anymore.

To elaborate on this point, this essentially means more products will be thrown away, and our trash cans and landfills will be filled with the technological debris. For Apple, however, this means more financial income as consumers will also be tempted to buy EarPods connected by Bluetooth and wireless headsets from big companies, like Beats or Bose.

Admittedly, it’s a sly but a strategically sound move on Apple’s part, allowing them to make money off the materialism of consumers. But unfortunately, the geniuses at Apple did not care to think about the long term effects this could have on the environment.

Unfortunately, the impact on nature from the scrapping of the AUX port has not been featured frequently in the media or on social networks, but they have sadly chosen to focus on the real problem: What will you do when you want to charge your phone and listen to music at the same time?

We might never know.

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