The man who co–founded Apple with Steve Jobs has expressed grave concerns about the company’s plans to ditch the standard headphone slot in the forthcoming iPhone 7.
Steve Wozniak predicted that Apple would face a barrage of criticism if leaks and rumours about the company’s plans were true.
“If it’s missing the 3.5mm earphone jack, that’s going to tick off a lot of people,” he said.
Wozniak went on to say that he does not believe existing wireless technology can take up the slack and that traditional headphones are the superior option.
“I would not use Bluetooth … I don’t like wireless. I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth, and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music.”
“If there’s a Bluetooth 2 that has higher bandwidth and better quality, that sounds like real music, I would use it. But we’ll see. Apple is good at moving towards the future, and I like to follow that.”
Wozniak went on to say that he thought Apple should offer the same USB–C connector found in its MacBooks and rival Android phones.
He believes that the standardised port is the future for smartphones and tablets.
Despite 300,000 people signing petition to try and prevent Apple from ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack, it now seems certain that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will only offer headphone connections via its Lightning charging port.
Both phones are due out at the start of September.