It is no secret to us that Apple is using “gambling tricks” in the tech field as often as they can. Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it sounds. The idea is that Apple launches something with the belief that it might one day change the world, but not all things go according to plan. Once such example is the “gone to waste” 3.5 mm jack, headphones that were supposed to change the world. Sadly, they didn’t quite make it, and it looks like the business is backfiring.
Everything started around 1 year and a half ago when Apple started a new licensing program called MFi, which stands for “Made For”. They moved on with the same plan: we release the 3.5 headphone jack and we will see within a few years how they will reshape the word. Not so fast. It turns out that people either did not want them or they did not care enough for them to make an actual impact. So now Apple has some really interesting perspectives that they could look forward to.
If you have been paying attention to 9to5Mac, you might have noticed that 3.5mm jack port is not going to be part of the Apple 7 anymore. That’s big news. Officially, Apple is ditching one of its newest projects. But it is not all about the headphones, just so you know, it is also about Apple’s plans for a phone achievement that could one of the greatest technological advancements.
It appears that the jack is preventing Apple from achieving a great milestone: a more than 1mm reduction. We might be talking about the thinnest phone in the world right her, let alone the thinnest iPhone ever made. This new challenge that Apple has established means that the 3.5mm jack is simply too big for them to maintain, so it’s time to admit that it was not the greatest plan ever and move on.
But it’s all smoke and mirrors until Apple themselves declare that this is what is going to be happening. There has been no official statement concerning this new plan, yet you cannot help but wonder that this can open up the path for new businesses: more licensing potential, revenues can start going up again, it can lead to new technologies and even new apps for those technologies.
Long story cut short: the “gone to waste” 3.5 mm jack might not be so gone to waste after all. It could be the beginning of a newer, stronger business.
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