iPhone 7: consumers petition against plans to drop headphone slot

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Irate consumers have signalled their discontent with Apple’s rumoured plans to get rid of the standard 3.5mm headphone slot in its upcoming iPhone 7, with 300,000 people putting their names to a petition decrying the change.

A string of reports since the closing months of 2015 have suggested that Apple will do away with the slot in order to make the iPhone 7 slimmer and fully waterproof.

The change means that standard headphones, from Apple’s own EarPods to more expensive models from the likes of Sennheiser and Beats, will not work with the iPhone 7.

Instead, users will be forced to plug new headphones into the iPhone 7’s Lightning battery-charging port.

Apple has supported headphones which work via the Lightning slot since 2014, but few manufacturers have released products that are compatible.

Most offer headphones with a jack that works across all smartphones, PCs and tablets.

The petition complains that Apple is “about to rip off every one of its customers. Again.”

Campaigners also say that not only will users be forced to buy new equipment, but that by making the change Apple will create “mountains of electronic waste.”

Supply chain sources this week claimed that Apple would ship the iPhone 7 with a special adapter, allowing older headphones to be plugged into the Lightning port.

The petition is unlikely to convince Apple to change course. Reports earlier this week said that the iPhone 7 had already entered production in China, ahead of its launch in September.


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