After the curtain came down on the launch of the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, consumers raised their hands against the removal of the audio jack , which was rumored to be advancing.
During the months of rumors we users could only ask ourselves one question, why? We didn’t see the need for the removal of this connector . Since wireless technology is still a bit green.
Let’s go back to the 19th century
The first jack connector was created in the 19th century, although with another diameter, 6.35 millimetres. The connector was shaped like this to make it as easy to connect and remove as possible . Given that the technology was used by the operators, the women in charge of redirecting the telephone calls did.
Although like all good ideas this did not stop there and the whole music industry used this standard to facilitate the creative task of the users of electric instruments.
Over time, technological evolution and changing consumer needs have reduced the size of the jack to 3.5 millimetres and made it universal.
Apple has decided to put an end to a standard that many musicians depend on , as keyboards or amplifiers do not have Bluetooth. In addition, many users of Apple products are audio-visual creators, so their star audio products have, for the most part, the mini-jack connector.
But with the same trend as the jack became a mini-jack, it can be understood that the mini-jack switched to Bluetooth – although Apple could have waited until the wireless technology had a similar quality to the analogical one.
The truth behind the good-bye to the minijack
As we have reflected, Apple’s intention to eliminate the minijack is nothing more than to force the evolution of a concept . Thanks to the creation of the W1 chip, Apple has been able to improve the user experience when interacting with headphones.
Something that analogue headphones didn’t offer… This chip is not only found in the AirPods – not that they are a marvel in terms of sound quality – but also in all the new products from the Beats company – also from Apple.
The W1 chip has been designed and developed by Apple engineers to be perfectly suited to users . The W1 chip incorporates a number of key features for the device, including great support for headphone to headphone and headphone to device synchronization. All of this, together with a series of sensors that save us certain arm movements.
It’s not like any Bluetooth microcontroller
Although it may sound like any Bluetooth chip, it is not, because the W1 saves us a huge paraphernalia for pairing our headset and device. While we already know that today’s chips don’t always work as smoothly in this respect… I won’t be the first to say that the headset didn’t appear in the iPhone’s Bluetooth management panel.
Apple always wants to chew our food, yes, they like to pamper us – for a small fee. In this case, Cupertino wanted the connection between the AirPods and our iPhone to be as simple and fast as inserting a mini-jack into the audio connector.
This is how it has been, connecting AirPods to iPhones poses no problem and is extremely simple . It also makes it even better, if you take your AirPods out of the case they automatically synchronise with your iPhone without having to press anything.
All your devices synchronized at once
Once you have synchronized your AirPods on one of your devices you have synchronized them all, the union of iCloud and the W1 makes this possible , as long as you have the same Apple ID on those devices.
Not everything is here, this chip improves the battery management of the devices it has been implemented in . We have been able to verify this in the new PowerBeats3 and the Solo3 Wireless, whose only difference with version 2 is the inclusion of the W1.
We have no doubt how painful the decision to have Apple say goodbye to the audio connector on their iPhone can be – we are still recovering – but they have certainly replaced this experience with the W1 chip. Can this be the revolution that was needed?