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"Much like today's headphone plug, Apple's design features external contacts positioned along a sleeve. Dielectric strips isolate contacts along the sleeve carrying left audio, right audio and microphone signals, while a ground contact lives in the plug's tip. Deviating from current standards, however, is its shape.

Taking on a "D" profile, Apple's plug has one flat side that acts as a keyed feature, meaning it restricts insertion to a matching D-shaped cavity. Some embodiments incorporate a flexible inner member that helps mitigate potential insertion issues, while at the same time reinforcing structural integrity."

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I usually get all huffy about stuff like this. But proprietary issues aside... maybe in this case one can just sand the standard jack flat on one side.
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Just what we needed, an even slimmer fragile phone with an even smaller battery.

I don't care about Apple. I care about Android phone makers following suit...
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I'm all for innovation, but do we really want phones to get thinner?.
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I think thicker is better. More battery. Seriously I'd see it as a massive improvement having a phone with more than one day of battery life. But a thinner headset jack isn't a bad thing in and of itself.
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Because 2.5mm jacks aren't small (and fragile) enough already? Had to jump straight from 3.5 to 2, and go with a proprietary shape for good measure?
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I think thicker is better. More battery. Seriously I'd see it as a massive improvement having a phone with more than one day of battery life. But a thinner headset jack isn't a bad thing in and of itself.

Except that we already have a thinner headphone jack than the typical 3.5mm. It is the 2.5mm that was popular on mobile devices in the late 90s and early 2000s. It was basically phased out of common use because:

A) there really weren't many scenarios in which a 3.5mm wouldn't have fit
B) they weren't as common as 3.5mm and thus you either had to buy a silly adapter or use an inferior and overpriced niche product
C) they snapped in half with the slightest pressure.

While we might be a little closer to the point where A might no longer be valid, for the current moment, it still stands. B and C are even more valid than they were in the 90s/2000s.
Edited by Zero4549 - 9/24/15 at 11:34pm
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Because 2.5mm jacks aren't small (and fragile) enough already? Had to jump straight from 3.5 to 2, and go with a proprietary shape for good measure?
Except that we already have a thinner headphone jack than the typical 3.5mm. It is the 2.5mm that was popular on mobile devices in the late 90s and early 2000s. It was basically phased out of common use because:

A) there really weren't many scenarios in which a 3.5mm wouldn't have fit
B) they weren't as common as 3.5mm and thus you either had to buy a silly adapter or use an inferior and overpriced niche product
C) they snapped in half with the slightest pressure.

While we might be a little closer to the point where A might no longer be valid, for the current moment, it still stands. B and C are even more valid than they were in the 90s/2000s.
Having to buy an adapter would be annoying, but I wouldn't really care that much as long as it's small.

Also is there some reason stronger materials are not able to be used?
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I've changed my theory on a potential workaround. If this is in fact implemented, the hole is thin enough to just bite the end off your headphones and use some plastic food wrap to insulate the bare ends from eachother. Then you just fiddle with it in frustrated fashion until the more distant future where the phone is thin enough to roll up inside your ear and listen that way.

I'm not one to shy away from a DIY project.
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Having to buy an adapter would be annoying, but I wouldn't really care that much as long as it's small.

Also is there some reason stronger materials are not able to be used?

Well, considering that it will be a gidget most people didn't want to buy in the first place, adapters are usually made as cheap as possible. So cost would be the limiting factor in terms of material quality.

Also, unrelatedly, it seems they've moved the edit button since last I was here. How now anyone?

edit: nope I was just rusty. Sorry bout that.
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proprietary headsets to go with it along with massive apple tax price premium

ether way apple is a company that i've lost faith in, im just worry about the sheep companies that decide that because apple does it it must be cool and stuff us around with BS like this
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phone get thinner..... but the screen bezel isnt get thinner. Look at top and bottom, it is an inch thick.

http://cnet1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2014/09/15/98b70517-3a22-4e39-b48b-9bb396a23407/thumbnail/770x433/b75c788b1c8f96233658bac84d2d10d9/plutus91503.jpg
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