Petition for Apple to Keep the Headphone Jack Surpasses 217,000

With recent rumours claiming Apple may ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone jack in the upcoming ‘iPhone 7’, an online petition on Sum Of Us has gained steam, pleading the company not to do so.

The petition started days ago and as of now, has surpassed its goal of 210,000 people, to stand at 217,056 as of writing.

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The petition claims “Apple is about to rip off every one of its customers,” and that “only a massive international campaign can force Apple to change course now.”

Reasons why Apple should keep the headphone jack, note the petition, are to prevent the massive amounts of electronic waste from unused headphones, similar to what happened to the old standard iPod connector replaced by the Lightning port.

My mother-in-law forwarded me an email with a link to this online petition a few days ago. She doesn’t follow tech news closely but this petition made it into her inbox. People are really concerned about the headphone jack heading the way of the Dodo bird.

What are your thoughts about the 3.5mm headphone jack possibly disappearing in the next iPhone? Are we ready to go wireless and Bluetooth everything?

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  • Matric

    3.5 mm is dead … i only use bluetooth anyways who needs cables . PLUS apples headphones suck

  • me

    This happens every time Apple does something like this and then we get over it… remember when Apple deleted the floppy disk and the CD from our computers… I’m sure they will create an adapter for those who cling to their old plugs just like everything else… I haven’t used wired headphones for 2 years and I wouldn’t go back to the tangled mess any day soon.

  • fredf1

    These people are just Luddites. They probably opposed the lightning standard as well.
    The stupid argument about landfill is outrageous.
    I presume there will be an adapter to connect the 3.5mm jack to the port. If not, then I agree that it’s a huge problem. But I would be very surprised if Apple would force people to throw away the millions of headphones/buds out there.
    There are some significant advantages to getting rid of the old jack…not the least of which is space saving that can be used for a number of other things including a much needed larger battery.

  • Michal

    ADAPTER to plug in my headphones? LOL
    that just sounds absurd (and so very apple like), and just the kind of thing i think this is trying to stop.
    the significant advantages you speak of are very debatable, imo

    edit : either way, this is a petition for something that’s a rumor 😀

  • Reianz

    Bluetooth is good and all for everyday use, but when it comes to gaming or specialty audio apps, there’s a massive lag in the interface. Until bluetooth is able to solve that issue, I don’t agree with ditching the 3.5mm.

    Plus, is there really need a need the make the phone slimmer? Do people really need bendgate round 2?

  • me

    So you do some serious gaming on you phone? Seriously?

  • fmgasparino

    Compromises are inevitable for technology innovation. I also don’t like the fact we may needs adapters here and there but really, devices are going wireless. EarPods is already useless with the watch and TV. The change will definitely help to push headphones to be wireless and more compatible with modern devices. This is a long-term decision that IMO will come if not with iPhone 7, over the next years. A great example of that is the lightening cable change. It was painful in the beginning, needed some adapters but after few years we are better off without the old 30-pin cable.

    The petition DOES NOT make sense to me, but I’m glad that Apple is very unlikely to listen for those initiatives.

    PS. Another possible reason for removing with the new phone is making it easier to be waterproof.

  • xxxJDxxx

    Not too mention the inferior audio quality

  • xxxJDxxx

    I have more money invested in headphones than a new iPhone costs, so to me ditching the headphone port would be reason to switch platforms. Not messing with awkard adapter on a daily basis.

    What apple should do is create a new wireless standard for headphones that offers superior audio quality to Bluetooths mediocre sound quality and also keep the headphone port. Best of both worlds.

  • runner

    “I haven’t used wired headphones for 2 years”
    Well..clearly that is why you have no problem with the change.

  • runner

    “3.5 mm is dead”

    Not true at all.

  • FragilityG4

    I bet half the people who signed this think Apple is eliminating the use of headphones on the iPhone all together.

  • michael shaffer

    I’m ok with losing the miniphone connect as long as there is the possibility of adapting a miniphone to the Lightning port. Surely Apple isn’t thinking we’d all give up our buds and headcans!!

  • jay

    there is no need for wireless headsets. just use the lightning port. what about how much money apple will save? thats the only reason. apple is famous for saving money like the macbook. only the usb c port and than people buying connectors and so….

  • jay

    yes it is because apple save a lot money not having it in the next iPhone

  • Sly C

    Already do.