It is almost never a good sign when tech luminaries start complaining about a product long before its release — and arguably somewhat worse when said tech luminary is one of the vaunted founding fathers of the firm.
And yet, such is the latest headwind Apple is facing, as Steve Wozniak is publicly sounding off about Apple’s reported plan to make the next iPhone iteration fully wireless without a headphone jack (Bluetooth earbuds only from here on out).
In an interview with Australian Financial Review, Woz noted: “If [the iPhone 7 is] missing the 3.5mm earphone jack, that’s going to tick off a lot of people.”
Of course, Wozniak will be one of those ticked-off people, because, as it turns out, he’s not a huge fan of Bluetooth at its current level of technological evolution.
“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.”
It is looking increasingly likely that the new iPhone will indeed come jack-free, meaning those like Wozniak who prefer their music wired will have to get themselves an adapter to make their old tech work.
“Apple is good at moving towards the future,” Wozniak noted, admitting that this might just be the next phase in what’s new for smartphones.
Wozniak also noted he had no advance notice of what Apple is releasing. He will apparently see if Apple still knows jack in September with the rest of us.