The iPhone 7’s Missing Headphone Jack Turned Out Just Fine

Remember when Apple's decision to ship the iPhone 7 without a standard headphone jack was a big controversy?

After three weeks with the new device, I can relay that life with the jack-free iPhone 7 Plus is totally fine! Any potential rebellion among would-be buyers appears to have been abandoned.

After near-annual drama around faulty antennas, lame maps, bent phones, and other maladies, Apple seems to have finally shipped a new iPhone without an immediately ensuing, sensationalized "-gate."

Listening to music or talking on the phone - via two different pairs of wired earphones, via the included adapter - has been a non-issue. The inability to easily charge while listening is a mild annoyance, but not close to being a deal-breaker. People are adjusting to living with dongles, or going Bluetooth, or however they're coping. And I'm even looking forward to trying Apple's new wireless AirPods when they launch later this month.

I wouldn't even put the headphone situation in my top gripes about the iPhone 7/iOS 10 era.

Those would be:

* Battery life, promised to be better, seems worse. I haven't gone through any scientific attempts to prove this - maybe this unpleasant Trump situation has made me even more glued to Twitter than usual. Maybe there's some iOS 10 optimization that needs to happen in a software update. But I've found myself running lower, earlier, than I remember with either the iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6S Plus on previous versions of iOS. I feel newly less confident in my phone's battery.

* The iOS 10 Mail app is harder to use. Apple redesigned how conversations are organized, and now they're upside-down and it's confusing. I think it was designed to make things easier, but it's taking a while to learn the new system. (And, it seems, different than on the Mac?) Also, there...

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