Apple VP Greg Joswiak is grinning as he holds up what is easily the smallest iPhone adapter I have ever seen. iPod white and about the length of a matchstick, it's designed to connect audio headphones with an industry standard 3.5-millimeter analog plug to the Lightning port on Apple's newest iPhone, which no longer bears the industry standard jack they require to work. "This time, we're putting an adapter in every box," Joswiak quips, a wry nod to the backlash evoked in 2012 the last time Apple killed a widely used iPhone port — a move that rendered thousands of peripherals designed to interact with it incompatible without a $29 adapter , and pissed off legions of people in the process . Apple is no stranger to killing things people use all the time — and even love. But the headphone jack? It's on a whole other level than disc drives or ports named after their number of pins. The headphone jack predates not only Apple, but computers themselves. And it is ubiquitous. So, when you're killing a century-old standard around which the entire audio industry developed, it's wise to take precautions. Invented for use with telephone switchboards in the… Read full this story
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