Earphone jacks: With iPhone 7 the end may be near

Earphone jacks: With iPhone 7 the end may be near

Apple's new wireless earphones (ear buds) for iPhone also pick up voice & can be connected to different devices through bluetooth such as as iWatch (Source: YouTube)
Apple's new wireless earphones (ear buds) for iPhone also pick up voice & can be connected to different devices through bluetooth such as as iWatch (Source: YouTube)

New wireless earphones (ear buds) on iPhone 7 may be first step to widespread use of wireless audio on mobile phones.

TECHNOLOGY & MOBILE PHONES

Earphone jacks: With iPhone 7 the end may be near 

9/09/2016
AFP News agency

There wasn't much new in this year's iPhone. The design has been the same for the last two years.

The major differences are the new wireless earphones (ear pods) and water resistance.


NEW WIRELESS EARPHONES: MISSING HEADPHONE JACK

The venerable earphone jack may be destined for the technological graveyard after Apple moved closer to mass-market adoption of wireless audio.

Apple eliminated the earphone jack from its new iPhone 7, unveiled on Wednesday, in order to make the phone water resistant and sleeker.

The new earphones are consistent with the trend in iPhone design towards simple, clean designs, removing clutter from the phone body.

Users have long called for Apple to make the iPhone water resistant and able to survive an accidental spill of, let's say, coffee on the phone. 

Without an earphone jack, however, connecting an iPhone to an external headset, headphones,  speaker or recording device will be more difficult.

Bluetooth can be used via either the iPhone's AirPlay or through Apple's so-called lightning port (see below). 

Apple's new wireless earphone may be a step towards Digital Rights Management (DRM) and controlling how content, music & video on a phone can be played, and used (see here). 

iPhone 7's new wireless earphones (ear buds) (Source: YouTube)

SOCIAL MEDIA FIRESTORM

The loss of a standard piece of equipment, the earphone jack, that connects everything from phones, hi-fi players, computers, tablets and airline entertainment systems, provoked a firestorm of controversy and chatter on social networks.

"The new iPhone not having a headphone jack is the worst idea of all time," wrote one user on Twitter.

"No headphone jack makes me so mad I could rage - pee all over my new phone," fumed another.

Innovations brought in by Apple are typically adopted by the industry as a whole, so other mobile phone brands may soon be following a trend of going wireless.

The Lightning port on the IPhone 7 (Source: YouTube)

HISTORY OF EARPHONE JACKS

Larger headphone jacks -- mostly found on upscale hi-fi systems -- ensure the best sound.

Wireless audio is much liked by users who use their earphones as music players on a daily basis while running or exercising in the gym.

The earphone and headphone jack dates back nearly 150 years and took its 3.5 mm form in the 1980s with the boom in Walkman cassette players.

The technology became a mass-market product because it is robust and more practical than other technologies.

While the industry has been moving towards better quality for digital audio, most wireless on the market is still lower quality .

Wireless sound, however, is getting better all the time.


http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/world-updates/1081448/cutting-the-cord-apple-pulls-the-earphone-jack

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/09/analog-last-defense-against-drm

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Vocabulary

  • accidental: when something happens by accident (was not expected or planned) - โดยบังเอิญ
  • adopt: to accept or to start using something new - นำมาใช้
  • adoption (noun): starting to use something new - การนำมาใช้, การรับเป็นของตน
  • audio: sound - เสียง
  • brand: a type of product made by a particular company - ตรา, ยี่ห้อ
  • chatter: when people are talking continuously without stoppping - ที่พูดไม่หยุด
  • clutter: too many things in one place that look messy and untidy - รกรุงรัง, เกะกะ
  • connect: to join together two or more things - เชื่อมต่อ
  • consistent with: similar to or the same - สอดคล้องกับ, ตรงกับ
  • controversy: a disagreement that a lot of people have strong feelings about - ความขัดแย้ง
  • daily (adj.): happening, done or produced every day - แต่ละวัน, ทุกวัน
  • daily basis: every day; daily - แต่ละวัน, ทุกวัน
  • destined: certain to do something,or certain to happen in the future - ซึ่งมุ่งหน้าไปทาง, ซึ่งถูกกำหนดไว้ล่วงหน้าแล้ว
  • device (noun): a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job - อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร
  • difference: the way in which two things are not the same - ความแตกต่าง
  • eliminate: to get rid - ตัดทิ้ง, ลบทิ้ง, กำจัด
  • ensure: to make certain that something happens or is done - ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
  • equipment: the things that are needed for a particular purpose or activity - อุปกรณ์, เครื่องมือ
  • exercise: physical activity such as running or weight lifting to make your body strong and healthy; physical training - การออกกำลังกาย
  • external (adj): outside; of the outside part of something - ภายนอก
  • firestorm (noun): a very large fire, usually started by bombs, that is not under control and is made worse by the winds that it causes, also used to describe a big controversy in which there is strong criticism and disagreement - ทะเลเพลิง, ไฟที่โหมกระหน่ำและลุกลามเป็นบริเวณกว้าง
  • fume: to be very angry about something - พลุ่งพล่านด้วยความโกรธ
  • graveyard: an area of land, often near a temple or church, where people are buried - สุสาน, ป่าช้า
  • gym (noun): gymnasium, a place to exercise and play sports - โรงพลศึกษา, โรงกีฬา, โรงกายกรรม
  • headset (noun): a piece of technology worn on the head -
  • in order to (prep): to cause something, to make something happen - เพื่อ, เพื่อที่จะ
  • innovation: the introduction of new things, ideas or ways of doing something; a new idea, way of doing something, etc. that has been introduced or discovered - นวัตกรรม, การคิดขึ้นใหม่, สิ่งที่นำเข้ามาใหม่
  • jack (noun): an electronic connection between two pieces of electrical equipment - ตัวเชื่อมกระแสไฟ
  • let's say: for example... -
  • major: very large or important - สำคัญมาก
  • mass-market: a market with large numbers (mass) of customers for selling products -
  • mono: not stereo, the way most people like to listen to their music -
  • pee (slang): urine; liquid waste passed from your body - น้ำปัสสาวะ
  • practical: suitable for the situation in which something is used - ที่ขึ้นอยู่กับความเป็นจริง
  • provoke: to cause a reaction - ก่อให้เกิด
  • quality: the standard of something when it is compared to other things like it; how good or bad something is - คุณภาพ
  • rage: extreme anger - ความเดือดดาล
  • record: make a copy of something such as music or writing - บันทึก
  • remove (verb): to take something away - เอาออกจาก
  • resistance (noun): the power not to be affected by something, e.g., bacteria developing resistance to medications - แรงต้านทาน, การทนทาน
  • rights: the legal right to control the production and selling of a book, play, film, photograph, piece of music, performance, etc. - ลิขสิทธิ์
  • robust: strong and full of determination - แข็งแรง
  • simple: easy to understand; not complicated - ง่าย,ไม่ยุ่งยาก, ไม่ซับซ้อน
  • sleek: fashionable and attractive in design; having an elegant smooth shape - มันขลับ, ทันสมัย, คล่องแคล่ว
  • so-called: used for saying that a particular word is usually used for referring to someone or something - ที่เป็นที่รู้กัน
  • social network: websites or other services on the internet for communication with people who share your interests - เครือข่ายสังคม
  • spill: (of a liquid) to come or fall out of a container - หกล้น
  • standard: average or normal rather than having special or unusual features - ซึ่งเป็นมาตรฐาน
  • step: one of a series of actions that you do in order to achieve a particular aim - ขั้นตอน
  • survive: to continue to exist - อยู่รอด  สืบต่อไปได้
  • trend: a gradual change or development that produces a particular result   - ทิศทาง แนวโน้ม
  • trend: a new development in clothing, make-up, etc - แนวโน้ม
  • typically: usually; normally - อย่างเป็นแบบฉบับ
  • unveiled: announced something officially that was previously a secret - เปิดเผย
  • upscale (adj.): designed for or used by people who belong to a high social class or have a lot of money - มีราคาแพง (สำหรับคนมีรายได้สูง)
  • venerable: a title of respect; deserving respect - คำเรียกนำหน้าชื่อบุคคลที่น่านับถือ, น่าเคารพนับถื
  • wireless: a system of sending and receiving signals without wires - ไร้สาย
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