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Video: The top 5 reasons you won't miss the headphone jack

Motorola's Moto Z and Apple's iPhone 7 made headlines, and sparked some outrage, when they got rid of the traditional headphone jack. But here are five reasons why it's not such a bad thing.

In July, Motorola released the Moto Z with a USB-C instead of a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. And in September, Apple announced that they'd ditching the jack for its own lightning port headphones with the release of the iPhone 7.

Will we miss the headphone jack? Well, I will. But to try to talk myself down, here are 5 reasons not to miss the old headphone jack:

1. Thinner phones. Without all the tech inside to amp up the analog jack, those phones can get super-slim. Or, alternatively, have a bigger battery for more battery life.

2. Better audio quality. Since you can have digital audio, you can make sure the audio is exactly as it should sound without interference. You can also add extra bass or concert hall reverb.

3. Built-in noise canceling. You won't need separate power for your headphones to cancel out all that airplane noise. It can be handled digitally right inside the phone.

4. Upgrades. Your headphones can get better with a firmware upgrade since digital features are handled by the phone.

5. Wireless. Bluetooth Audio is pretty much there, and battery life is getting better. Soon you'll see plug in any jack, minijack, USB-C or other as akin to using a grammophone.

Those are compelling reasons to get off the analog train, I'll admit. I'm not quite there yet but maybe it's enough for you to take the plunge.

Also see:
Major improvements to mobility-centric headphones
Photos: 10 useful earbuds and headphones for the workplace
Photos: First look at the iPhone 7
Photos: Motorola's Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones

About Tom Merritt

Tom is an award-winning independent tech podcaster and host of regular tech news and information shows. Tom hosts Sword and Laser, a science fiction and fantasy podcast, and book club with Veronica Belmont. He also hosts Daily Tech News Show, coverin...

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