Apple shook the whole world this year when it decided to remove the iPhone’s headphone jack, replacing it with headphones that connected to the handset’s charging port, and was lampooned for describing the move as an act of “courage”.
But now it seems to look that its arch-rival Samsung is set to follow in the company’s footsteps next year by releasing the next version of its flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, without the 3.5mm audio port.
According to SamMobile, the Galaxy S8 will be unveiled at February’s Mobile World Congress trade show and will use the phone’s USB-C charging port as its audio output. This will mean the same situation as the iPhone 7: users will have to listen either through special headphones that connect to the port, use an adapter, or use wireless headphones.
It also means that users won’t be able to charge the phone via the port while listening to music at the same time, unless they use a separate adapter that provides two ports. This may be less of an issue than with the iPhone 7 since the Galaxy S8, like its predecessors, is likely to have wireless charging that replenishes the battery when placed on an pad.