There have been whispers around various corners of the internet that Apple was going to do something somewhat controversial with their new iPhones: completely eliminate the headphone jack to make way for wireless headphones.
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No more tangling, untwisting, and snapping your headphones is great, right?
Let's not get too carried away.
To start with, Apple hasn't been able to confirm or deny anything that anyone is saying online. It is just a roommate. Still, it didn't just pop up out of nowhere and many people are reporting it as fact.
People are starting to get into an uproar over the new headphones anyway. In fact, so angry that there has been a petition started to keep the headphone jack - and over 200,000 people have signed it! The petition says:
Apple is about to rip off every one of its customers. Again.
Forbes and FastCompany are reporting that Apple plans to ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone jack when it releases the iPhone 7 later this year. Only a massive international campaign can force Apple to change course now.
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.
This is right out of the Apple corporate playbook. A few years ago it swapped out the original iPod-dock connector with a new one, making countless cords, cables and chargers obsolete.
Apple plays up its green credentials, but the truth is that Apple only invested in renewable energy, and began phasing out toxic chemicals when public pressure became too strong to ignore. People power did it before, and we can do it again.
Tell Apple to keep the standard headphone jack and ditch planned obsolescence!
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Before going ahead and signing, remember that everything surrounding this is still just a rumor. However, before Apple goes into production, you have to stop them from doing any more harm.