I have a love/hate relationship with Apple. I really do like all the Apple products I own. My phone, iPad, and Macbook all work very well for my needs, and because they are all Apple they also work very well together. I can access pictures I took on my phone from the iPad or Macbook and text and make phone calls on my iPad and Macbook via the phone, to name a few of those working together ways.
Every-so-often though, they do something that irks me a bit. When they switched from the 30 pin connector to the lightning connector, pretty much every accessory I owned had to be repurchased to accommodate this change. They said it was to allow for more room for a larger battery, but part of me speculates changes like that happen to make customers buy new stuff. They've made the phone just slightly different in size or shape in each release too, which means a new case every time as well. I was also ready to disown my beloved iPhone a few years ago when there was news about the poor working conditions at their factories overseas. After numerous suicides (jumping off buildings) over these conditions, the company installed nets rather than fix the problems. I found the fact that companies, like Apple (as well as other tech giants), that make more money than they can even count were making this money on the back of these overworked/underpaid workers just deplorable. And while I was ready to jump the Apple ship, all the tech companies are doing it so there doesn't seem to be an alternative to that with the exception of going tech-less, which I'm not so sure I can do.
Anyhow, earlier this month Apple announced the upcoming iPhone 7. The next number release is always anticipated because that's when all the new features are shown. Some of the changes are a better camera in lowlight (which has been one of my complaints on the iPhone for years), a (slightly) longer battery life, and water resistant. However it seems as if the phone being damaged by water isn't covered under the warranty, soooo. But the biggest change, in my opinion, is the removal of the headphone jack.
THE REMOVAL OF THE HEADPHONE JACK!?!?! Apple has decided that the headphone jack is outdated technology. Could be, but I see it as another chance for Apple to make us all purchase new stuff. Funnily enough, they've come out with some new blue tooth headphones. The thing about blue tooth is if you don't have a connection, you can't connect to bluetooth. Guess what you don't need a bluetooth connection for...THE HEADPHONE JACK! To make the transition a bit easier the new phone will come out with a special dongle that will allow us old-folks to still connect our outdated technology. It's better than nothing, but I'm not a fan of the dongle. Plus, it's one more thing you've got to remember to take with you. And I wonder what people will do who have those very expensive noise canceling headphones. I have never splurged on a pair for myself, but I bought my mom a pair of Bose a couple of years ago for all her travels. She loves them. I can't afford to buy her another pair of bluetooth ones!
Ugh! I'm really an Apple girl, but this change might just put me over the edge.
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