I feel like we probably have better things to talk about. This is like the kerfuffle over Apple changing its charging cable from the old 30-pin standard to its Lightning cord — except multiplied by 1, 000, since the headphone port is an industry standard and not just something Apple uses. For one, it probably means you have to go and buy new stuff — either new headphones or a new attachment to modify your old headphones — which is never a happy thought for folks already buying a $550 phone.
The "con" arguments are plentiful.
And what of the "pro" arguments? They are few, but arguably pretty strong. One is that the sound quality can be better over a Lightning port — certainly the argument made by the few manufacturers that make these headphones now — which may be a welcome change for people who mourn the lossiness of today's music.
It's also supposed to make the iPhone thinner, or alternately create more room in the iPhone for something like a bigger battery. Thinner is probably not what people are clamoring for out of the iPhone right now, but a boost in battery life would be appreciated.
As trade-offs go, that's probably a pretty good one. Particularly if it can stop you from needing the official Apple charging case with its weird fanny pack-like bump.
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