The press frenzy surrounding this year’s flagship update of the most valuable product range from the world’s most valuable company marks another milestone in putting to rest an outdated technology.
Namely, headphone cables.
The beloved 3.5mm jack has powered the headphones of our pocket music devices since Sony launched the Walkman in 1979. Countless trillions of hours of music and talk have pumped through these little jacks into humanity’s collective listening capacity, ever since.
In shutting this headphone socket, in making it instead another 3.5mm of smooth aluminium, the design gurus from Apple are marking the close of another era… and like the 8-Track, VHS, and floppy disk before it, the headphone jack is something we’ll smile at when we find a tangled old pair of earbuds in a box in a decade… “My ears used to be WIRED, imagine!”
For film students on the other hand, the disappearance of another cable to get tangled in on set? There’ll be no nostalgia there….