What Do You Think of Smartphones Doing Away with Headphone Ports?

Headphones are used for a few different functions of a smartphone such as hands-free phone calls, listening to music, watching videos, etc. It’s essential to the way many people use their device. But technology is now forcing a change as phones are beginning to ship without headphone ports. What do you think of smartphones doing away with headphone ports?

While it was a rumor for a long time that the upcoming iPhone would ship without a headphone port, a few Android phones were actually the first to debut without this feature. The iPhone rumor still persists with rumors that the missing headphone jack will be one of the few changes over the iPhone 6S.

For those Android phones as well as the future iPhone, this means that headphones would need to plug in through the charging port, eliminating the ability to listen to music while you charge your phone. Other devices that use that same port, such as a selfie stick or speakers, will need to be changed. It will cause you to have to buy all new devices.

On the plus side it can lead to advantages for a smartphone to not need a headphone jack. It can be slimmer as well as more water-resistant. And you can get Bluetooth headphones to still listen to music while you charge your phone.

What do you think of this change? Would you miss having a headphone port? Do you welcome this change because of the other advantages? Or does it not affect you one way or the other?

Laura Tucker
Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.

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