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Wozniak to Apple: Removing Headphone Jack Would Be Stupid

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2013-02-20/apple-must-keep-setting-standards-or-lose-its-cool-wozniak-says Via Bloomberg

As tech geeks around the world anxiously await details of the upcoming iPhone 7 (that’s probably what it will be called, right?), one guy who knows what he’s talking about has a stern warning for Apple.

Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple back in 1976, is worried that the rumors of Apple dropping the 3.5 mm headphone jack on their upcoming new iPhone model might be true. And he’s not happy about it.

“If it’s missing the 3.5mm earphone jack, that’s going to tick off a lot of people,” Wozniak told The Australian Financial Review.

“I would not use Bluetooth … I don’t like wireless. I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth, and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music.”

If the rumors are true, the new iPhone will rely on headphones that use Bluetooth or connect directly to the Lightning charging port (which do exist already). Alternately, Apple will probably make an adapter that allows your regular old headphones to connect to the Lightning port — and they will be happy to sell it to you for $40 or $50, we’re sure.

While Wozniak doesn’t seem impressed with the possible removal of the traditional headphone jack, he did applaud Apple for always looking into the future.

“If there’s a Bluetooth 2 that has higher bandwidth and better quality, that sounds like real music, I would use it. But we’ll see. Apple is good at moving towards the future, and I like to follow that.”

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