The new MacBook Pro lineup has been falling into the hands of reviewers for the past few weeks and one question seems to be baffling many: Why didn’t Apple kill the headphone jack on the new MacBook Pro lineup? Apple has been endlessly mocked and ridiculed over the removal of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (though Motorola was the first to do it in the past year). So when the company left the beloved port on the new MacBook Pro, the internet exploded.
Tim Cook and the folks at Apple are pretty confident that the future of mobile is wireless and that’s the reason they gave for the headphone jack removal. While the removal of the headphone jack from the iPhone has caused a squall, most will probably get used to it. The removal of the headphone jack on their new MacBook Pro lineup would have been a whole different story. I only need mention Dr. Dre and Beats Audio for you to maybe understand where I am going here.
Many DJs have long used Apple’s laptops for their DJ gigs and most DJs wouldn’t consider using Bluetooth headphones. Removing the headphone jack from the MacBook Pro would have sent a lot of professional DJ’s looking elsewhere for their new laptop, something Apple probably doesn’t want. Now this is pure speculation on my part, that’s why this is labeled an editorial, but I think it’s a plausible reason for keeping the headphone jack in place.
Yes, Apple could have told those DJ’s to have some “courage” and purchase some new Bluetooth headphones for use with their MacBook Pro’s but I can’t help but think Dr. Dre may have had just a bit of input on the matter.
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