Samsung Mocks Apple Pencil and Removal of Audio Jack on iPhone 7 at Galaxy Note 7 Launch

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While unveiling its latest flagship Galaxy Note handset at an event in New York, Samsung took potshots at Apple. Aimed to fight against the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus from Apple, the Galaxy Note 7 features an IP68 water-resistant rating, a 5.7-inch curved Super AMOLED display, and a 3500mAh battery.

During the unveiling, Samsung’s VP of marketing Justin Denison took subtle and indirect potshots at Apple. After showing some key features of the handset, Denison said “Want to know what else it comes with?” and followed it up with “An audio jack. I’m just saying.” The upcoming iPhones from Apple will be ditching the 3.5mm audio jack in favor of Apple’s own Lightning connector, and Denison was taking an indirect jab at them.

That was not all, though. When highlighting the new S Pen that comes with the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung said that it comes free with the handset and does not need to be recharged — a subtle potshot at the Apple Pencil which costs $99 and needs to be recharged.

The lack of a 3.5mm audio jack on the new iPhones can potentially lead some consumers to stick to their existing iPhones since they rely heavily on the audio jack. While Apple is rumored to bundle a connector with the handset, they are an added inconvenience and can be misplaced easily.

Will the lack of a headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus prevent you from buying it?