Apple won't officially acknowledge this until the upcoming keynote address on September 7th, but it's essentially confirmed that the biggest feature on the new iPhone 7 is, weirdly, the glaring absence of a feature that's been around since the original debuted in 2007. Take a deep breath: the iPhone 7 won't come with a headphone jack.
A "leaked" photo of the new phone's packaging insert also makes it pretty clear, those ain't your standard earbuds Apple is shipping out. Understandably, this hasn't gone over too well -- especially with the audiophiles who've recently spent a mint on corded headphones. The editor-in-chief of The Verge penned a passionate screed against the move, calling it both "user-hostile and stupid." Even Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak is displeased.
But hang on, everyone. This is hardly an arrogant or unfair move by Apple. It's a matter of necessity if we want any significant technological progress in our mobile devices, and we should embrace it. After all, Apple's going to do what Apple wants to do, and people are going to follow.