Many have already criticized Apple for its bold move to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of a Lightning Connector for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
In the wake of this move, more rumors have begun surfacing with claims that Apple might have just begun a trend – a trend that Samsung Galaxy S8 could pick up when it is unveiled in 2017. Will this spark another debate of how Samsung has been copying Apple’s innovations? Well, possibly yes, but this will also depend much on what Samsung will opt for instead of the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Apparently, those who were still rocking their favorite Beats By Dre headphones with a 3.5mm jack will have to rely on a converter in order to keep using the same headphones on their new iPhone 7. Well, this is what Samsung Galaxy S8 could end up like – forcing buyers of the new phone to either get a new pair of headphones or buy an adapter that helps with using the traditional headset on the phone.
Sourced from Digital Music News, the report claims that the Galaxy S8 will not opt for USB Type-C connectivity like some Android devices have already done. On the contrary, the same report did not provide any details regarding the type of connector that Samsung will opt for when the Galaxy S8 ditches the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Nonetheless, it is thought that the new headphones will not be compatible with any iPhone, including the latest iPhone 7. In fact, the sources add that Apple could be banned from licensing the headphone jack, but the process will be kept easy and simple for other Android OEMs. Hopes are high in the Samsung camp that many other Android OEMs will join in locking out Apple, just in the same way the Cupertino has done with its proprietary Lightning Connector for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
Since the launch of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, many have raised their concerns over the missing 3.5mm headphone jack. Some have even gone ahead to declare their love for the traditional audio jack by claiming that they can never buy a phone that comes without this port. So, is Samsung Galaxy S8 really ready to face the same wrath? Well, only time will tell.
As at the time of this writing, Samsung has not come out with any comment, but since this is still a mere rumor, you should be careful not to go too far with it.