The above picture is from an FCC filing from Sony, and it is worrisome for me. I’m a huge fan of headphones, and I have multiple pairs of wired ones. I do enjoy the convenience of Bluetooth, but there are some drawbacks. You have to remember to charge them. If your Bluetooth connection goes a little haywire, you lose the ability to listen to your music. And let’s face it, all batteries degrade over time. Just ask Apple. With wired headphones, you just plug them in and you’re good. Yes, I understand that I can just take a dongle with me and plug into that. I don’t want to have to carry around a dongle just to use my headphones. Trust me, I will lose it somewhere.
The main reason this is a cause for concern is that this is Sony. At its very core, Sony is an audio company. They built Japan’s first tape recorder even before they changed their name to Sony. I understand certain other handsets put this into motion, but I think this could be even worse for those of us that still love the 3.5mm jack. If you think about it there are only two major companies in the States that offer phones with a headphone jack. Samsung and LG. Razer, Apple, HTC, Motorola, and Google have all removed the 3.5mm jack. Yes, I know OnePlus still has theirs, but I don’t think I would call them a major company in the US.
You might be saying to yourself ‘self, this is just a diagram, why is he getting so worked up?’ That is a legit question. One that I will answer with another picture.
The above picture shows three different ways to plug into the phone. The way I’m reading this is 1 and 2 aren’t used because these things are not separate. 3 is being used because everything has to go thru that one USB C port. This would coincide with the picture at the top of this post. As they were testing, there was only one cord plugged into this device. That’s because there’s only one place a cord can be plugged in. I didn’t see specs in anything I read, so I couldn’t tell you if this will be a flagship device or something mid-tier. I would hope for the latter.
I’m definitely not a fan of losing my beloved 3.5mm jack. Some people, like my wife, don’t care much. Which side of the fence are you on? The right side (keep), or the wrong side (get rid of)? I would love to hear where you stand on this issue, let me know in the comments!