This is how I know Samsung will ditch the headphone jack

By , Aug 5, 2016

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Three days ago, Samsung of South Korea took the wraps off its flagship Galaxy Note 7 phablet. It’s a cool, powerful smartphone that features a curved 5.7-inch AMOLED screen, Galaxy S7-like design, speedy chips, an iris scanner and an improved S Pen (which has learned a few new tricks, like translating words, and is now waterproof itself).

Believe it or not, a Samsung executive during the Note 7 unveiling mocked live, on stage, Apple’s rumored decision to remove the 3.5mm audio jack from the next iPhone.

“You know what else it [Note 7] comes with? An audio jack. I’m just saying,” he quipped.

That’s the first time Samsung has joked about an Apple rumor, not a shipped feature.

As John Gruber put it, “think about how extraordinary it is that a Samsung executive can make a joke about an iPhone rumor and the entire audience gets it.”

Here’s your video evidence:

He’s so smug about it, isn’t he?

And that, boys and girls, should tell you why I am pretty confident in predicting that future Samsung phones will definitely lose the headphone jack. The Internet never forgets so I’m going to go ahead and save this video for future reference for the inevitable time when Samsung drops the headphone jack from its flagship phones.

Those interested in the new Note should take a look at this promotional video.

Just to be clear, I like the new Note 7 and think it’s the best device in its class.

The official replay of Samsung’s Unpacked 2016 event is available on YouTube.

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  • Chris Hood

    Is that it?- Yawn…..

    • Rowan09

      I must agree I thought there was more, but hey he got me to read the article and that’s the purpose.

    • Valinor

      Yeah, the quality of articles is getting worse here. I’ve removed idownloadblog from my favorites bar, so I wont be visiting as much anymore……I guess I’ll visit when I’m really bored.

  • Manor

    Pointless article. By mocking Apple, Samsung says that they understand the importance of this port and they won’t remove it.

    • 5723alex .

      Samsung WILL remove the audio jack in Galaxy 8, and so will most of other smartphone manufacturers

      • Manor

        I highly doubt that they will. I actually think that they would use it as a selling point against Apple.

      • Dave Kurt

        That’s like saying Wi-Fi shouldn’t be the standard because ethernet is ubiquitous and works and how’s that coming along, folks? From wireless power (batteries), Internet and now audio, without a doubt, that’s where things are going.

      • Dave Kurt

        There definitely needs to be a bridge for the crossover meantime. Perhaps a wearable to make older stuff compatible. I would appreciate a piece like that.

      • Manor

        I understand the advantages of Lightning/USB C headphones, however, I think the transition should come from headphone manufactures, not Apple. Right now, there aren’t a lot of Lightning/USB C headphones available. By removing the 3.5mm jack, Apple is forcing everyone to either buy new headphones or buy expensive adapters that could easily get lost.

      • Dave Kurt

        Is that the consensus? I was thinking rather Bluetooth (or something similar) as the alternative, which reports say are outselling wired. So, manufactures and Apple alike agree.

        But in that prognosticate, there’s no advantage lightning over 3.5

      • Dave Kurt

        I’m not a fan of Bluetooth though… I’d be pretty pissed if Apple included a cheap Bluetooth pair of earbuds. I would feel like 20% of what I’m paying for the phone is going towards these earbuds I’m not going to use.

      • Manor

        There are some advantages to lightning over 3.5 for headphone:
        -Better quality DAC built into the headphones themselves instead of a small one in the phone.
        -Headphones that require batteries could use the phone’s battery instead

      • Dave Kurt

        How many people are unhappy with the quality currently though? You know? Hell, People get their material off YouTube nowadays.

        I really think it’s more to do with wireless. Think Apple pencil technology meets earbuds… Fast charging, low latency, complimentary and wireless.

      • Dave Kurt

        I’m not one of those crazy people btw… Spotify takes care of me.

      • Leslie B

        Better DAC is exactly what my dog wants, since he’s the only one who could hear frequencies people can’t hear with regular headphones.

        As for headphones using the phone’s battery, that sounds great too. Everyone knows Apple phones have a lot of excess battery capacity.

      • Blip dude

        Have headphones use the crappy battery life of a smartphone?? Uhh, no thanks. Maybe I’ll be cool with that when smartphones have 18-24 hour REAL world usage cycles.

      • ic0dex

        Good point. I’m Apple will use that as a selling point.

      • YaBoyLilMayo

        They’re not that stupid

    • JulianZH

      for the pass few years, all i saw was samsung follow haha.

    • :D

      Exactly what I was thinking

    • Matt Perkins

      Samsung is notorious for copying Apple after mocking them. A good example of this was the iPhone 5 itself. Everyone including Samsung laughed about the design. What did Samsung do later? Make the Galaxy Alpha which has THE SAME EXACT DESIGN as the iPhone 5 and yet after images surfaced of the Alpha, the iPhone 5 design all the sudden was being called a thing of beauty. We can also point out how Samsung followed the iPhone by getting rid of the removable battery, They even tried to get rid of the SIM Card but that caused a huge uproar. If you don’t think Samsung is going to remove that jack in the future, you are purposely missing Samsung’s trends.

  • Leslie B

    Just to be clear, you’ll be back next year to admit you were wrong, then the year after that, and the year after that.

  • Rolf Bause

    Removing this port is pure ideology imo! Basically that big face, the blond woman with the white shirt & red shorts once threw her hammer into, and that was 1984.

  • Jamessmooth

    They’ll drop the headphone jack because they copy Apple. That’s pretty all there is to it.

    • Bill

      That’s exactly the point Christian is making, yep. The others commenting here apparently don’t get it.

    • Bob Smith

      It’s not like Apple doesn’t copy Samsung or anyone else.. everyone is constantly copying everyone else and that’s okay. Though I don’t think Samsung would go as far as removing the headphone jack unless there is a better platform to replace it.

      • Rowan09

        I disagree. Samsung should remove the port it’s like saying why should they switch to USB C instead of keeping a micro usb. USB C is better and so would getting rid of the headphone jack. Samsung is already positioned currently to get rid of the headphone jack because they have wireless charging on all the top phones. It’s a no brainier it will be either removed or replaced very soon. If Apple makes the bold move Samsung and others will surely follow. Remember when fingerprint scanners were gimmicks, Apple made a good one and then everyone else cannot make a smartphone without one.

      • Mike

        What does the headphone jack have anything to do with wireless charging? Plus the headphone jack is worth keeping just because apple changes it doesn’t mean everyone should… Cars, computers, laptops, tablets, mp3 players, and etc. have it… Once you get the new headphones you will have to find that certain kind of headphones. Like for example I have 3 regular head phones and 1 over the ear. I can pick up any headphone and know it will fit but you won’t be able to do that once the new one come out.

      • Rowan09

        My car has Bluetooth audio and I use it over connecting with any wire any day. You need wireless charging because once you’re using the charger port for example as a lightning enabled headphone, you’ll need to charge the phone as well while using the headphones. Cassettes were good until CDs came out, CDs were great digital and we haven’t look back ever since. Technology is about changing and the only thing left to change is the headphone jack.

      • Mike

        I use bluetooth for my car too but there’s people out there that don’t have bluetooth in their cars. I rather keep wire charging since it charges a lot faster unless you go with fast wireless charging. Cassettes and CD’s are basically memory which it suppose to advance faster but if you take like an hdmi cable that will barely get replace since its good right now and not worth changing. The reason company’s change like cable wire to hdmi or cassettes to CD’s is because something better is replacing and makes a huge difference. Replacing a headphone jack with lighting cable or etc. won’t make the sound a lot better where you can easily tell the difference.

  • BenjamimDaniel

    Steve Jobs also said, I think it was in 2010 –

    ‘no one’s going to buy’ a big phone.He was sitting next to the current CEO, Tim Cook, when he said that.

    • Rowan09

      I remember him saying no one wants a 7 inch tablet and till this day he’s right. Nevertheless the guy isn’t God, he’s been wrong many times before.

    • englishmike

      At that snap shot in time he was probably right. People would not have bought it as they weren’t used to bigger screens then.

    • aw81

      I agreed with him then and still have no idea why people like the huge phones available now, iPhone 5 is the largest phone id ever buy, I was so glad when apple announced the se.

  • jaimem17

    The Official Introduction video is absolute crap, too much content promoting other products.

  • iBanks

    Well…. maybe he’s referring to the Moto Z that has released without the headphone jack and not the iPhone. The conclusions we jump to. Lol 😉

  • William Melendez

    I put money on it too that they will indeed remove it.

  • Dave Kurt

    What do you guys think of the iris scanner on the Note 7? For the average person, I can’t see this benefiting. Hate to break it, but nobody cares about your selfies that much to extract and duplicate your fingerprint.

    In my opinion, your less protected… This might seem far fetched, but consider this; someone takes your locked phone, while trying to get it back, they have you inadvertently unlock your phone by putting it up to your face.

    Touch ID has its limitations but not enough to sacrifice the convenience that comes with it. What do you think?

    • ravinigga

      Is not a gimmick but I think is to early to put in a phone. But is handy if u have wet hands or gloves on

      • Dave Kurt

        I’m not saying it’s a gimmick but rather a step down from Touch ID… And indeed, gloves malfunction Touch ID but let’s not forget iris scanner’s limitations, which include; not being able to wear either glasses nor contacts.

        I welcome them both forms of security but with that being the highlighting feature of the note, that’s pretty disappointing.

      • Mike

        Well this is the first version so you never know how far it will go but it would be a lot better than finger print if you can just pick up your phone and looked at the screen and it unlocked just as quick as the finger print so you don’t have to reach your thumb down to the home button which can be annoying if you have a big phone.

      • Rowan09

        How is putting a phone to your eye easier than resting your thumb on a home button? The iris scanner is scary to me because I don’t play with my eyes or hearing. I’m fine with a fingerprint scanner on my phone and if the iris scanner is optional ok but I wouldn’t use it. How would it even work in low light conditions?

      • Mike

        Like pretend taking your phone out and just looking at it then it unlocks right away. Its not scary it like taking a selfie but no actually picture is taken. They made it where you can setup both finger and iris up so you can use either to unlock. Thankfully, the iris scanner does indeed work in the dark. Because the Note 7’s iris scanner uses infra-red light instead of normal light to map out your eyeballs, you can use the sensor even at night or in a low-light environment.

      • Dave Kurt

        Agreed! Plus, sometimes you need to unlock the phone for someone else. The finger feels like the key to a lock. More in control and a natural flow compared to the alternatives.

        It’ll work during night. Although, during the day, heavy exposure of infrared might reduce accuracy.

        Plus, glasses, sunglasses, contacts or any other eyewear will render it useless.

      • Dave Kurt

        I feel the more accurate and convenient it becomes the worse the security threat is. Hypothetically speaking, improved accuracy might allow someone across the room to trigger the iris scanner…

        I’ve heard similar arguments about gaming consoles and how they should turn on with a voice activation rather than with the gaming controller but you inevitably need the gaming controller anyway. So, where’s this so called “inconvenience” coming from?

        I welcome all advancements but iris scanning is in no way an improvement for the average folk and a definite let down as the Note 7’s highlighting feature… Now, I’m not bias. I think iPhone 7 might be a let down too and previous models of the Note introduced exciting technology but this successor of the Note series isn’t exciting.

  • ic0dex

    I’ve been with Apple for a very long time and till today use an iPhone. I really can care less about a headphone jack because BT wireless headsets are becoming more cheaper and smaller. I’m just upset that Apple is going to feed us the new BS iPhone 7 that was original spouse to be the iPhone 6 when it launched. The hardware on the Note 7 is amazing and I think the time has come for me to switch sides. I fell like Apple is really slaking and they’re skimping us as consumers. One thing for sure I will truly miss, Facetime and iMessage. I fell like they had a bunch of leftover parts of the iPhone 6/6Plus and they’re just trying to use up all the parts for the 3rd year. i just fell like a lot of people are going to be disappointed this year with the iPhone. And like always they will feed you this one big upgrade to the unit and mask everything else.

    Sorry for the rant folks and I don’t mean to sound like a troll. From jailbreaking to unlocking carriers on the iPhone 4s using the Gavy Sim, I have done it all. I even have a featured video on iDB on how to unlock and iPhone 4s from like 5-6 years ago.

    • Dave Kurt

      What are you talking about? The Note 7 has marginal differences compared with the Galaxy S7 edge, which is to be excepted… Let’s not forget Moore’s law. Technology is improving in all areas and this includes the iPhone.

      It’s not all about specifications either, if that’s what you’re on about…

      Like, comparing a masculine man pushing a cart with triangular wheels with a logical man pushing a cart with rounded wheels. Impressive, perhaps, but in no way innovative.

      I’m not saying the iPhone 7 is the right choice… I’m just saying the Note 7 isn’t that exciting to rule out all other options.

      • Dave Kurt


      • Mike

        you can’t compared S7 Edge to Note 7… More even comparison would be Note 5 to Note 7… Since they are the same phone. Plus the new Note 7 does offer everything in one package except for removal battery.

      • Rowan09

        Huh the Note 7 and S7 Edge has the same internals. The Note 7 while having a larger screen has a smaller battery than the S7 Edge.

      • Mike

        Once the phone is actually release it would be nice to see how the score differ since i use to have an android phone and the benchmark was sometimes lower then where my phone was suppose to be. The Note 7 has a smaller battery because they also have to fit the spen in there.

      • Dave Kurt

        That’s because Samsung uses different chipsets (Snapdragon and Exynos). Usually the Exynos version runs better… Like, way better…

        Does anyone know why the hell Samsung does this? It seems really conniving…

      • Dave Kurt

        I think it’s a fair comparison. Apple compares the SE with other editions of the iPhone series and that’s perfectly fine. Remember, they’re both in the Galaxy series.

        I only made that comparison because ic0dex responded to the Note 7 too exaggeratedly…

    • John

      It’s funny… there’s so much anger and bitterness in the tone of your comment. Is there something about the iPhone 7 the rest of the world doesn’t know because as far as I know, the iPhone 7 specs haven’t been released yet.

    • Rowan09

      Apple realized that it’s not possible to keep coming out with something new every 3 years that will wow people. What new did the Note 7 bring to the table besides an iris scanner? It’s the same phone as the S7 Edge and the S7 Edge is almost the same phone as the S6 Edge Plus.

  • Digitalfeind

    Another crap article by iDB’s worst. We get it Christian, you do not like Samsung and want to start flame wars between Apple and Samsung.

    • So you felt the best way to deal with it would be insulting the author, who actually said he happened to like the Note 7 a lot, by calling him “iDB’s worst”? OK. That’s one way to go about it…

      • John

        Maaaate, you shouldn’t take trolls personally. You’re one of the most respected authors on the site. The only flame war he’s trying to start is one right here.

        Ignore the idiots. We do.

    • Dave Kurt

      Dude. Drink some milk. What ridiculous expectations were you having? He’s making a simple proclamation. Samsung’s ill behavior of disrespecting exactly what they admire is hypocrisy! I, for one, appreciate the article’s intended purpose and look forward to reflecting on this when Samsung removes the 3.5mm port.

      I was thinking exactly the same, Christian.

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  • Matt Perkins

    It’s obvious Samsung will follow Apple’s lead and remove the jack especially if the iPhone sells well without the jack. Samsung is just playing into the hands of those who complain about any change made. The ironic thing is the ones complaining about the iPhone design not changing are the ones making the biggest deal about the change in the jack. If it comes with an adapter that allows you to use your old headphones then who the hell cares? You will get an extra set of speakers for your troubles. Besides if you would prefer a head jack over another set of speakers that poses another question. What the hell are you doing that you have your headphones on more than you have them off? Illegal things you can’t let others listen in on?

  • M_Hawke

    Wow, the Note is a beautiful phone. A compelling buy.