headphone jack

  • Google dropped the Pixel’s headphone jack to lay the groundwork for a bezel-free phone

    Google dropped the Pixel’s headphone jack to lay the groundwork for a bezel-free phone

    Another domino has fallen in the march toward a post-headphone jack world. Today Google became the latest company to drop the once ubiquitous port from its phones, though it hardly devoted any time to its own courageous move. The driving motivation for dropping the jack is pretty clear after a quick survey of the mobile landscape: the Pixel is moving to an edge-to-edge display. “The… Read More

  • Any headphones can be Bluetooth headphones with Jack

    Any headphones can be Bluetooth headphones with Jack

    When Apple decided to strip its flagship phones of the headphone jack, certain people were angry. Those relying on the headphone jack for non-music things were grumpy, but so were those of us who had recently dropped hundreds of dollars on new, high-end headphones. Jack — a Kickstarter campaign in its final hours — offers reprieve to both groups. Read More

  • Apple kills headphone jack (1878 – 2016). RIP.

    Apple kills headphone jack (1878 – 2016). RIP.

    With the newest iPhone 7, Apple is saying buh-bye to a technology that’s been going strong for almost 140 years. It has served us well, but the Cupertino-based maven today announced it decided that enough is enough. The future, it seems, is Bluetooth and Lightning cables. Farewell, headphone jack, we barely knew ya. Read More

  • No, really, the headphone jack is more useful than you think!

    No, really, the headphone jack is more useful than you think!

    Apple today announced that the newest generation iPhone will do away with the headphone jack. Obviously sad if you just bought an expensive new pair of headphones, but the interface is used for a lot more than just pumping phat beats down your ear tunnels. From filmmakers to concerned parents, there’s a rich ecosystem of “appcessories” that use the headphone port for… Read More

  • Pluggy Lock Finds (Yet) Another Use For Your Phone’s Headphone Jack

    Pluggy Lock Finds (Yet) Another Use For Your Phone’s Headphone Jack

    The 3.5mm headphone jack has a thriving double life supporting hardware extensions for the bog standard slab smartphone these days. More complex additions extend the capabilities of the phone by adding new sensors into the mix (like, for example, the Thermodo thermometer). But here’s a maker aiming to add a really simple feature to your phone via the 3.5mm jack’s back door… Read More