Friday 30 September 2016

iPhone 7: Furious fans sign petition calling on Apple to keep headphone jack

Paul O'Donoghue

Published 11/01/2016 | 09:26

The iPhone 7
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The iPhone 7 Credit: Getty Images

Over 228,000 people have signed an online petition calling on tech giant Apple to retain the standard 3.5mm headphone jack in the new iPhone.

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There have been numerous reports over the last number of weeks suggesting that Apple is planning to get rid of the standard headphone jack in upcoming iPhones, starting with the iPhone 7.

In November the Japanese blog Macotakara, citing a ‘reliable source’, claimed that the 3.5mm headphone jack would be removed, in favour of wireless headphones and an all-in-one Lightning connector for both connectivity and audio output.  Chinese websites Anzhuo.cn and Wei Feng have also made similar claims.

Although the reports are unconfirmed and Apple has not commented on the subject, a petition on SumOfUs calling for the headphone jack to be retained has garnered widespread attention.

At the time of publication 227,844 people have signed the petition. It claims that Apple's supposed move would  "singlehandedly create mountains of electronic waste that likely won't get recycled" as prospective iPhone 7 users will be forced to ditch their existing headphones completely.

Although the petition has gained a large number of signatures since its launch last Tuesday, it pales in comparison to the 100 million-plus iPhones Apple is expected to sell in 2016.

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