Petition on SumOfUs.org (via Graham Spencer, Macstories):
Apple is about to rip off every one of its customers. Again.
Not only will this force iPhone users to dole out additional cash to replace their hi-fi headphones, it will singlehandedly create mountains of electronic waste — that likely won’t get recycled. According to the United Nations, up to 90% of the world’s electronic waste is illegally traded or dumped each year.
Tell Apple to respect its customers and our planet. Keep the standard headphone jack.
Graham was being generous with his quotations of this petition. I find this petition outright foolish. Not only is this going to have no effect, the proprietor has clearly misunderstood Apple’s intention over the 3.5mm jack being given the boot(evident from the first line).
Look, this is a ridiculous and hysterical petition which blows the situation completely out of proportion. But having said that, the fact that this petition (on a website I’ve never heard of before) has exceeded 200,000 signatures in just a single day just goes to show how big a task Apple has if it does decide to remove the headphone jack with this year’s iPhone(remember, these are just rumors for now).
[…]it will be a more painful transition than the 30-pin to Lightning switch[…]
But even if it doesn’t happen with this year’s iPhone, it will inevitably happen – and when it does, expect an almighty backlash. The real question is how many steps Apple takes to reduce the pain to consumers.
Whether or not it happens with this iPhone iteration is, in the grand scheme of things, irrelevant. My speculation follows the idea that the headphone jack is likely to be excluded amidst a new-design iPhone as opposed to an ‘S’ release. The 2015 MacBook, the iPhone 5, the 2012 iMac and the MacBook Air were all redesigns that saw legacy ports(or optical discs) left behind. 2016’s iPhones should partake, historically, in a design change. Regardless, stories claiming Apple is ripping its customers off or that Apple is outright crazy will spread like wildfire.