It is fair to say that, when Apple removed the headphone port in 2016, many users were offended. More than anything else, the headphone port is an extremely familiar and extremely essential "feature" for everyday experience. You bought the PC in 2000, surely the mainboard has a headphone port. You bought an iPod or laptop in 2005, definitely have a headphone port. You buy an iPhone, a HTC smartphone, an iPad or a Nexus tablet … all have headphone ports until Apple takes the iPhone 7's controversial step.
But even more surprising is that even without a headphone port, iPhone 7 continues to help Apple achieve higher sales than iPhone 6s. A year later, the iPhone X was born and even beat all the smartphones with headphone ports to keep the world's best-selling smartphone in its lifetime. In the same year as iPhone X, Google – who used to sarcastically iPhone 7 – also removed the headphone jack from Pixel 2.
Laughing the other day, the next day following people …
Google is not the only one. The fact is that since the leaked news from the supply chain said Apple dropped the headphone port, Lenovo / Motorola hastily released this smartphone to get ahead. Seeing Apple succeed, all major Chinese brands such as Xiaomi, Huawei / Honor, OPPO, Vivo and OnePlus are following. Angry users are angry, but if Apple has succeeded, manufacturers give themselves the right to do so.
3 years passed, the 3.5mm port has only one significant strong name: Samsung. Until the last Galaxy S10, Samsung is still proud to give the buyer Galaxy S10 an AKG headset with a traditional headphone port. Until Note 8 last year, Samsung still spoke sarcastically Apple.
But that stronghold finally collapsed. In the photo of the real version of Galaxy Note10, the headphone port is gone. Earlier, Samsung began to remove headphone ports from smartphones from 2018 with Galaxy A8S. The Galaxy Fold is popular and Samsung's innovative Galaxy A80 doesn't have this port.
The last success of the headphone port on smartphones has collapsed.
Note10 is just a finishing blow for the headphone port. Once you have removed this plug from Note, Samsung will definitely not bring the 3.5mm jack back on the future models of the future. This design trend will also gradually spread to mid-range and even low prices of Samsung …
After 3 years of resilience, why did I have to give up on Samsung? Simply because Samsung has also contributed to prove that the headphone port is no longer needed. For many years, the world's No. 1 smartphone company has continuously donated True Wireless headsets and S / Note models (even A series) sold. Not hard to understand, AKG headphones were also left behind.
On the other side of the battle line, even expensive AirPods still sold 35 million units only in 2018. Market researchers show that the average selling price of headphones worldwide is increasing as users move to Bluetooth more. Angry attitude has now turned into acceptance, and that is completely understandable: a Bluetooth headset is more convenient than a regular headset.
Samsung has proved that the 3.5 port is redundant.
In the end, Apple was right. The death of the headphone port on the smartphone is perfectly reasonable. Samsung's move is also reasonable. Bluetooth to the throne, smartphone does not need a headphone port anymore.