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Why Did Apple Remove The Headphone Jack On The iPhone 7?
Apple announced a big design change for the 2016 flagship
By Fionna Agomuoh @FionnaatIBT On 09/07/16 AT 4:22 PM
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were announced Wednesday in San Francisco, confirming many long-standing rumors, including a new audio system. Apple has removed the 3.5mm headphone jack from its latest iPhone, making the lightning connector the main port for the device.
iPhone 7 owners will be able to use headphones with a lightning connector on the new iPhones or they can use a lightning to mini-jack connector to continue using 3.5mm compatible headphones. They also have the option of purchasing Apple’s new wireless earbuds, the Air Pods, for an additional $159.  
But why has the tech giant made this shift from century-old technology that remains a mainstay of electronics today? Apple Senior Vice President of Marketing Phil Schiller spelled out three reasons: courage, vision and to save space.
The executive claimed it took courage for Apple to remove the headphone jack from its smartphone. The 3.5mm headphone jack is believed to have originated around 1878 . Since then there has been little innovation in audio connections.
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• The Time Is Now For iPhone 6 To iPhone 7 Trade-Ins
Apple announced the release of the iPhone 7 Wednesday, which means those who have not yet traded in their iPhone 6's might soon be out of time. The reason is quite simple: everyone is going to want the newer model, according to electronics trade-in and recycling service Nextworth.
A recent survey conducted by Nextworth found that 55 percent of current iPhone users plan to purchase the iPhone 7 by the end of 2016. That means that a lot of old iPhones will be going back on the market in exchange for the iPhone 7, significantly decreasing the trade-in value of those older models. The decrease in trade-in value after the announcement of a new iPhone model can be as much as 40 percent in just the first few months that immediately follow.
In dollars, that can mean a difference of $100 in value for the iPhone 6 or 6S, so the first few weeks of September are the best time to make a move, especially considering the market was just flooded with new iPhone 6's — Apple's iPhone 6S model was the world's top-selling smartphone in the second quarter of 2016, according to Economic Times. 

Nextworth estimates that the drop-off in iPhone 6 value after the announcement of the iPhone 7 will be steep. Photo: Nextworth
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Apple made a splash with Wednesday's announcement of the iPhone 7 models. The tech company announced the phone via a Tweet that was subsequently deleted, along with every other tweet in the official Apple Twitter's timeline. 
The original tweeted touted the new phones' improved camera, water resistant capacity, stereo speakers and longer battery life. 
The announcement also confirmed an expected by controversial feature of the new iPhones: the lack of a headphone jack. The move is a pivot on the part of Apple to make the phones thinner and add battery life while also embracing the improvement of Bluetooth technology that is sweeping the headphone industry. 

• Nintendo To Bring ‘Super Mario Run’ Game To iPhones
During the Apple Keynote event on Sept. 7, a surprise Mario game was announced by Nintendo.
Super Mario Run is a simple mobile game will allow for players to control Mario’s jumping as the plumber runs through his classic side scrolling levels. With a simple tap, you can have Mario jump over obstacles and enemies while collecting coins and power ups.
You'll want to reach the flag on each level and make your way through each world, just like a classic Super Mario game.
There’s a new battle mode called Toad Rally that you can choose an opponent to beat their high score.
Victory in battle mode depends on the coins you collect and how well you impress the Toads on the bottom part of the screen. There is no flag so it’s an endless run until you finish, with your opponent’s ghost from their previous run appearing to show you their progress.
Super Mario Run will be a paid app, no price was released, with no in-app purchases. Itwill release during the holiday season 2016. And for Android users, Nintendo made it seem that Super Mario Run will be released on iOS first, as many mobile games are, and then make its way to Android devices.
Super Mario Run will be the first Nintendo mobile game with Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing mobile games already announced and expected in the coming months.

Some Android manufacturers, such as Motorola , have launched smartphones with no headphone jack at all, instead using USB Type-C ports as a main connector. Pundits note this could have been a way for Apple to move with the trends while keeping its product proprietary , as the lightning connector is a plug that works exclusively with Apple devices.  
Removing the 3.5mm jack also made room for new features on the iPhone 7, such as its force touch tactile feedback in its Home button. It is known that the headphone jack takes up room in a headset, which could be used for other purposes. Though smartphones without headphone jacks are not yet widespread, devices like the Moto Z and OnePlus 3 have been without the feature for months already.
Apple’s third claim is connected to its wireless earbuds. Schiller spoke about a “vision of how audio can be,” describing the Air Pods as small, lightweight and easy to connect. Though the Air Pods are not included with the iPhone 7 and will cost consumers an extra $159, the manufacturer hopes they will be well received by enthusiasts.


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