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Samsung might remove the headphone jack soon as well

Apple iPhone 7 dropped the traditional 3.5 mm jack
Apple iPhone 7
After the Cupertino-based company, the South Korean giant might become the next big name in the industry to remove the 3.5 mm headphone connector from its handsets as well, although this decision was not well received by many Apple fans.

The traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack has been around for ages, but Apple has decided to push into the future with a bold move and removed it from the iPhone 7. Obviously, there is virtually no chance they would ever bring it back, since the company founded back in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne seems to desire a solid share of the headphone market as well.

According to Geek, Samsung is planning to take things even further - instead of pushing for USB Type-C audio accessories, the company plans to replace the traditional 3.5 mm jack with a proprietary port. The same source claims that, currently, "Samsung is thought to be at the exploratory stage to see how viable it would be."

If Samsung moves on and begins to release handsets with a proprietary audio jack, things could become tricky for manufacturers and consumers alike. While the first would probably end up shipping headphones with two or three cables in the package, the others will probably have to face increased prices and/or fewer products to choose from.

In the end, the future for smartphone headphones might be reduced to a single word - wireless. Unfortunately, everything is still shady at this stage, so we should wait for more information on this topic to pop up. We will keep an eye on it as usual, so stay tuned.

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-09-15 (Update: 2016-09-15)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.