Samsung Is Also Going To Remove The Headphone Jack
Apple’s decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 is clearly about control. And it looks as though this may not be the last upset because Samsung is apparently now considering doing the same thing.
Samsung does ditch the headphone jack it will replace it with a proprietary port. Right now, Samsung is thought to be at the exploratory stage to see how viable it would be.
Samsung would control licensing of that port meaning it could undercut Apple’s licensing fee for headphone manufacturers. It could also offer the port to other Android handset makers cheaply, or even for free, as a way of expanding its use quickly and therefore being a stronger competitor to Apple’s Lightning port.
Headphone manufacturers will be watching what happens in the coming months with interest and some concern. Each headphone jack replacement means licensing deals need to be struck in order to support the new ports. Then there’s a manufacturing problem because they’ll need to decide how many of each type to produce based on demand.
What you think about Samsung also removing the headphone jack from it’s smartphones?