More than 200,000 fans have signed a petition asking Apple not to ditch the iPhone 7’s headphone jack. It follows reports that claim the Cupertino company will remove the aging but popular technology from this year’s smartphones to make them slimmer.
As things stand, the petition on SumOfUs has secured 204,305 signatures. “Only a massive international campaign can force Apple to change course now,” it reads. “Tell Apple to keep the standard headphone jack and ditch planned obsolescence!”
The petition also claims that the move “will singlehandedly create mountains of electronic waste — that likely won’t get recycled,” but of course, that’s assuming every iPhone user that upgrades to iPhone 7 scraps their existing headphones completely.
It will certainly have a huge impact. We know Apple has no problem ditching aging technologies — as it did with the floppy disk and FireWire — but unlike those technologies, the 3.5mm headphone jack is still widely used by millions of us every day.
Recent rumors have promised, however, that Apple will ship a pair of wireless EarPods with every iPhone 7, which would negate the need to buy new headphones for many. It’s also likely the company will push manufacturers to make more Lightning-compatible headphones.
“Apple plays up its green credentials, but the truth is that Apple only invested in renewable energy, and began phasing out toxic chemicals when public pressure became too strong to ignore,” the petition concludes.
“People power did it before, and we can do it again.”
The petition is hoping to secure 210,000 signatures, and with over 204,000 already, it’s certainly on track to do that easily. It’s highly unlikely, however, that the petition will have any impact on Apple’s plans for iPhone 7, which will have almost certainly been finalized by now.
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