USB Type-C is officially out to destroy the old and boring 3.5-mm jack that has been dominating the audio industry for many decades. If rumors of the new iPhone 7 ditching the 3.5-mm jack are not true, then it can be at least confirmed that the industry has moved on, with companies like Motorola and LeEco bringing in headphones with the reversible cable.
What would happen if things do continue to go on the same game plan? Will it be good or bad? Read on to find out.
It is still a common behavior for us to see which way we plug in our Micro USBs. With 3.5-mm jacks, this may not be the case, but Type-C USB acts in a similar way to the Lightning Connector from Apple. You can conveniently plug in your headphones without a second glance of whether it is the right way up.
Many companies have been trying for years to bring the slimmest phones on the market. With a 3.5-mm jack gone from the body, it does leave more space to bring either a better audio chipset or to incorporate a bigger battery.
So in terms of charging ports and headphones, the Type-C USB leaves us interacting with just a single port. It may inconvenience someone who has the habit of charging and listening to songs at the same time (which is bad). But to keep usability to a single port feels like the future we are all waiting for.
The Lightning Connector and the Type-C USB have better capabilities of handling larger amounts of data transfers. This will allow the new headphones give great sound quality and also transfer files quickly. Also, smartphone manufacturers can make Quick Charging a standard among all the phones that they release in the future.
What of the old?
The old accessories you purchased for your phone will no longer work with your new device. So if Apple was to ditch the 3.5-mm jack for a Lightning Connector Earpod, then all you would have a lot of accessories to replace. Third-party manufacturers have already designed charging docks that use the Lightning connector. It won't be long before manufacturers release accessories that have support for both Type-C USB and Lightning Connectors.