Today if you buy an iPhone, the iPad Pro and Mac either you’ll need a dongle or different wired headphones for each … or AirPods

It’s clear removing the headphone port is an intentional move to sell AirPods by making the alternative far more complicated

This is user-hostile!

@camh When I flip it around though, I think it's safe to say that most people hate wires. Or at least, tolerate them. In other words: maybe it's a worthwhile problem to work towards eliminating, like floppy/hard/CD disk drives.

@chartier that would be a decent argument if the iPhone … didn’t literally come with wired headphones that are incompatible with iPad and Mac

Apple isn’t, like, altruistically helping people get rid of wires, they are making a conscious design choice that makes AirPods the best experience … and that choice sells a lot of AirPods.

This design choice 100% benefits Apple and removing the headphone port benefits users … none

@camh But the headphones come with an adaptor for headphone jacks right? Transitions are tough and not always handled well, but it seemed to work fine when I tried it.

I also don’t think it’s just about AirPods. Any wireless headphones are a better experience, and these devices work with all of them.

This strikes me as similar to previous transition periods, like the rise of USB replacing port predecessors, dropping the floppy drive, and eventually dropping the disc drive.

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