It’s Niley Patel vs. John Gruber.
Tech rumor sites have been feeding off hints that Apple might ship an iPhone without a standard 3.5 mm audio jack for more than half a year. But it took a report Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal to bring out the heavyweights.
In one corner, The Verge‘s Nilay Patel, who ripped into Apple with six reasons, as his headline put it, that “Taking the headphone jack off phones is user-hostile and stupid.” Reason No. 6: No one is asking for this.
In the other corner, coming (predictably) to Apple’s defense, is Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber. “The essence of Apple is that they make design decisions ‘no one asked for'” he writes in “Headphone Jacks Are the New Floppy Drives.”
If you enjoy over-caffeinated debates about the rise and fall of tech standards, be my guest.
If you’re worried about the effect on Apple’s share price, you are not alone. Even Gruber acknowledges that Apple’s timing on this one might be off.
On the other hand, expectations for the so-called iPhone 7—the iPhone that according to the Journal looks just like the iPhone 6 and 6S except without a headphone jack—couldn’t be much lower.
I suspect that the risk customers will be turned off by the lack of a jack has already been priced into the stock. After all, the rumor has had seven months to sink in.
And let’s remember, it’s still a rumor, even if you read it in the Wall Street Journal.
Here’s a dumb question: Could the old headphone jack still be an option?