After Chiding Apple Google also Drops Headphone Jack

first_imgStay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week We all had a good laugh last year, when Apple chose to drop the headphone jack on their latest model. Some (like myself) argued that this was not only a good thing, but that it would start a shift in the industry. I don’t want to toot my own horn here, but it seems like I was right.Google’s upcoming Pixel 2 won’t have a headphone jack, opting instead for a single USB-C connector.That’s particularly important because the Pixel line (as the Nexus before it) is meant to be an in-house, top-of-the-line Android phone. Moreover, it’s the standard, a metric by which to judge phones from other manufacturers. It’s likely then, that we’ll see updates to other big names down the line and, eventually, the death of the headphone jack in mobile electronics.The news comes from Evan Blass, a reliable leaker, who ran new details on the phone on VentureBeat, a site that covers the ins-and-outs of Silicon Valley and the tech industry at large. Also listed in the leaks were likely specs for the upcoming Pixel 2.Users can expect a Snapdragon 835 — the same one in other flagship phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 — as well as 4GB of RAM, either 64 or 128 GB of storage, as well as a 12-megapixel camera. The Pixel 2 will launch in two variants — the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL — which are, essentially normal and super-sized versions of the phone.We should have all the details on the new phone later today. Google will be hosting a conference detailing some of its latest products and what to expect in the coming months.I’m still no Apple fanboy (I can confidently say I’ve never owned nor do I intend to own a Mac, for example), but it is hilarious to see a company that was so intent on slamming its rival for dropping a feature in ads, suddenly shift to doing the exact same thing. Don’t get me wrong, either, I still think it’s a good thing. The headphone jack is an outdated standard that has held us back for years. Yeah, it sucks that we’re all going to have to get new hardware, but that often happens with industry changes. Soon, we’ll have to dump all of our old USB stuff for Type-C. That’s just how tech works.Upgrade or don’t, you don’t need to be an early adopter, but having that steady update to our tech standards is fundamentally a good thing. It, over time, gives us better, more efficient gadgets, faster charging, more security, etc.Dropping the headphone jack for the iPhone 7 not only saved some room and power, but it also helped make the phone water resistant — an excellent feature to have on any portable device. Even better, the lightning connector used for wired headphones now has some serious perks. It can power its own in-line digital-to-analogue converter. That could lead to vastly superior audio quality depending on what exactly you’re using.Anyway, I’m sure most of you will be crushed by this news, but it was going to happen eventually.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img