BY KYLE FILLEBROWN
The elimination of features is one of many reasons students at the County College of Morris dislike the Apple iPhone 7.
CCM students are free to choose from a variety of phones to use. Even when narrowed down to smartphones only, the options are varied. One of these choices is the iPhone 7, a smartphone made by Apple, Inc. The new iteration of the iPhone removed its traditional headphone jack in favor of supporting Bluetooth connectivity.
“I don’t particularly like that it doesn’t have a headphone jack.” said Abby Babizeo, liberal arts major at CCM.
Instead of plugging in their traditional 3.5 mm headphones into their new smartphone, purchasers of the iPhone 7 have to acquire a new headphone, one specifically made by Apple.
“I think it’s stupid,” said Liam Coffey, business administration major at CCM. “I like the [3.5 mm] headphone jack.”
There are several reasons that Apple gave for removing the 3.5 mm jack on the iPhone 7. One of them is that by removing the jack, it made the device more resistant to water. While that might be true, the Samsung Galaxy S7, which has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, has a higher water resistance rating than that of the iPhone 7. The Galaxy S7 has a rating of IP68, which means that it can survive 4.9 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. The iPhone 7 has a rating of IP67, which means that it can survive 3.2 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.
This is one of the reasons some users avoid iPhones entirely.
“I’m a huge Android user,” said Nick Strina, biology major at CCM. “I’ve got a [Samsung Galaxy] S6. I feel that the iPhones are kind of overpriced for what they are. They don’t have as much features, and they keep changing them. I don’t like the features that they have now. I don’t like the lack of a headphone jack at all.”
For those students who felt like Apple made a misstep with their headphone jack removal, there are alternatives. And for those committed to their iPhones, just remember to keep your Bluetooth earbuds charged.