Apple Is Not The First One To Ditch The Headphone Jack
The Apple iPhone 7 was announced and people are causing a fuss over the fact that it no longer has a headphone jack. So they will not be able to listen to music and charge their device at the same time without a dock or going wireless. But it seems that Apple is not the first one that has done this. Apple is actually late to the game after all.
Like in all things tech, Apple is not the first one to bring this feature to the iPhone 7. It turns out that Chinese competitors have had the jack-less phone on the market for a few months now. Oppo released a smartphone without a headphone jack about four years ago back in 2012. It ran Ice Cream Sandwich OS and it retailed for $374.
Oppo did discontinue the phone a year later but introduce a new phone in November 2014, the R5. This smartphone also had no headphone jack as well. This phone was made with slimness in mind and was only 4.85mm thick, making it the slimmest smartphone as of that time. So from all this information, you can get an idea of what I am going on about.
Although the lack of the headphone jack has not made the new iPhone slimmer than the old one, it could be possible that Apple is easing the crowd into being familiar with the lack of the jack in the first place. We could see the iPhone 8 be slimmer due to the lack of the headphone jack along with other innovations that Apple might introduce down the line.
This year, we have seen two Chinese brands introduced smartphones without headphone jacks. LeEco released the Le 2 phone series in China and it was later introduced in India. The Moto Z also does not have a headphone jack. So if you thought that Apple was the first one to do this then you were wrong.