It seems that the rumours are going to be true. The next iPhone will not have the (analog) headphone jack. Instead users will have to use Bluetooth headphones or buy a new pair that supports Apple’s proprietary charging connector. The public positioning behind this move is that it will allow Apple to make the next iPhone even thinner. Really? Another millimeter thinner is the driver here?
On the surface, this move makes millions of headphone products obsolete. Digging a bit deeper, this also means that once the audio output becomes all digital, we should expect some draconian DRM schemes to be enacted. Maybe Beats will be the only headphones supported by the new iPhone. All other devices may be stuck with a “device not supported” message. That is one surefire way to (force) make people buy them.