Does the absence of 3.5mm headphone jack affect smartphone users?
Does the absence of 3.5mm headphone jack affect smartphone users?
Does the absence of 3.5mm headphone jack affect smartphone users?
Does the absence of 3.5mm headphone jack affect smartphone users?

Yes for me, in the following ways:

Negatives

  1. When going on trips in other people’s cars, I can no longer simply plug in the aux cable to play the music I like. They either need to have the same streaming service as I do so that I can share my playlists, or I am willing to wait till the car stops and we pair my phone over Bluetooth, then carefully avoid the “sync all contacts” option. Or I / they need to carry around an adapter. My phone is now paired with 5 cars, one of which is in India.
  2. I use my phone for work and it remains plugged in. If I ever forget to bring my Bluetooth earphones, I can either work, or listen to music, since there is no space to even plug an adapter for my backup earphones.
  3. It is now just yet another thing to charge.
  4. Regardless of what streaming service I use, if I am connected to my Mac and accidentally hit any button on my Bluetooth earphones, the iTunes app opens, and iTunes ain’t playing my tunes. I haven’t been able to turn this annoyance off.

Positives:

  1. No wires. Which means no year long practice for that once a year Diwali / Christmas light untangling. This might be a negative.
  2. My new Bluetooth pair can connect to multiple devices at once. More importantly, multiple Bluetooth devices can connect to my phone / iPad at once, which means me and missus can watch and argue over the same movie on the same screen on long flights or on TV at night when guests are in.
  3. Lack of aux has forced my to add Chromecast audios to all my old speakers, and now I have a much smarter home-wide audio system.
  4. Since everything is Bluetooth LE, the Tile app on my phone can now find my Bose earphones as well which in turn can ring my phone-in-law (my wife’s phone)

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