Will 3.5mm headphone jack be obsolete?

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  1. bononos

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  3. ViRGE

    ViRGE Elite Member, Moderator Emeritus

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    While USB ports are admittedly not going anywhere, 3.5mm audio jacks are also unlikely to become obsolete on PCs any time soon. So you're plenty safe buying the latter.
     
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    I don't even think Apple could pull that off for their Mac lineup (well they could like on the new iPhones), but I would be really surprised. On computers and Android phones, it ain't happening for a long, long time.
     
  5. DigDog

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    the 3.5 pin jack is very cheap, very efficient, and almost everywhere, it's *very* unlikely to be replaced. it's like asking if we'll get rid of toothbrushes, or forks.
     
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    This. Apple is the only company that is claiming that the 3.5mm jack is obsolete, and contrary to Apple's RDF, it is only not obsolete, it is nowhere even close to it.
     
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    AnitaPeterson Diamond Member

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    No.

    Aside from Apple, nobody's crazy enough to call for abandoning a standard so universally spread and internationally established. The amount of peripherals using the 3.5mm jack absolutely dwarfs any USB counterparts.
     
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    I think forcing people to buy dongles is pretty stupid, I mean how many USB C devices are there anyway?
     
  10. DigDog

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    there is a major difference between USB and pin jack. A pin jack can carry 100% of all the data you need. It can carry ALL the audio required. USB has a data limit, and that is why we have developed new types of USB. If we, tomorrow, develop a new audio technology, say, multichannel audio, or portable surround sound, then the pin jack will no longer be sufficient, and will be replaced. But as long as we have two ears, then a two-channel connection capable of carrying all the audible spectrum as the pin jack is, is all we will ever need.
     
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    corkyg Elite Member<br>Super Moderator <br>Peripherals
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    Also, the 3.5 receptacle is a lot smaller than a USB
     
  12. Rifter

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    Not in my lifetime
     
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    And it's dead simple, far more reliable than any digital connector, and even cheaper than dirt. It's not inconceivable that it might disappear from smartphones (including non-iPhones) within the not-too-distantly-foreseeable future, but it's not going to disappear from "electrical/electronic devices" in general anytime within even the remotely-foreseeable future. (Any more than, say, simple mechanical switches in one form or another are going to disappear from those devices...)
     
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    I thought the new Google Pixel 2 removed the jack as well.
     
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    The jack itself is going no where. For audio philes it is still required, not to mention there are so many devices out there that still require a hard connection. For high end phones we may see a stark change. There will most likely be series of phones that hold on to the jack as to grab the clientele that demand them, but we could very well see most flag ship phones ditching it. How ever I am no longer crying foul as much as I did before. As someone who loves his quality headphones and strives to keep his music collection sourced at high bitrates and the best compression type used, I have had success in finding earbuds and over ear headphones that offer up quality indistinguishable between wired. I love my Sony 100abn for aptx and when oreo is rolled out for my s8, Ldac support will only be better. I also picked up a more portable pair of earbuds, the Advanced Model 3's which have AptX and was thoroughly impressed for wireless earbuds that cost just $79. And frankly if your buying $800 phones but only want to spend $30 on a wired earbud, you are doing it all wrong.

    I'll still prefer headphone jacks for utility, and I don't NEED phones to be so thin they have to remove it. However if for some reason I decide to go for a new phone that doesn't have one, I know I won't be left wanting.