Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak isn’t one to tow the party line, so when he disagrees with something happening at Infinite Loop, the world at large is sure to hear about it.
Woz’s latest target is the looming death of the 3.5mm audio out almost assured for the iPhone 7, out next month.
He said Apple risks alienating its fans by dropping the standard headphone connectivity.
"If it's missing the 3.5mm earphone jack, that's going to tick off a lot of people," he told the Australian Financial Review.
"Mine have custom ear implants, they fit in so comfortably, I can sleep on them and everything. And they only come out with one kind of jack, so I'll have to go through the adapter," he added.
The larger than life computing legend said he wouldn’t mind so much if Bluetooth audio streaming actually sounded like music.
He explains: "I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth, and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music."
"If there's a Bluetooth 2 that has higher bandwidth and better quality, that sounds like real music, I would use it.”
Of course, there’s been multiple iterations of Bluetooth already, but none have quite mastered the art of proper audio transmission just yet.
Earlier this month Intel made the case for a new USB-C standard that would best the quality offered by the current analogue 3.5mm jack.
However, Apple is not going down that route for its iPhones and it appears there’ll be three options available for iPhone 7 buyers; Bluetooth, a 3.5mm to Lightning adapter or Lightning headphones.
“We’ll see,” Wozniak added. “Apple is good at moving towards the future, and I like to follow that."
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