The design of the iPhone 7 will represent the largest design shift for Apple’s iconic smartphone in history. For starters, it’s largely believed that the mechanical home button will be replaced by a capacitive touch sensor that will subtly vibrate when pressed, similar to the Force Touch trackpad Apple already employs on its MacBook. Second, and much more controversial, the iPhone 7 will see the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Needless to say, Apple’s rumored decision to remove an input port that has graced every single iPhone ever made has resulted in a firestorm of debate. On the one hand, some argue that Apple’s willingness to abandon something as universal as the 3.5mm headphone jack reeks of corporate arrogance and is “user hostile.” On the other hand, some contend that the only way to move the technological bar higher is to say goodbye to legacy technologies, no matter how universal, reliable, durable or even beloved they may be.