In the wake of the endless rumors suggesting that Apple is going to remove the headphone socket from the upcoming iPhone 7, a fascinating story has been revealed. What many believe that the removal of the headphone socket will be quite radical has been proved that there is nothing so radical about it.

Based on an interesting chart compiled by The Verge, Apple generally supports a port or I/O standards for at least 15 years. The headphone socket has been used in every Apple devices since 1984—32 years. Considering the tech giant has used the headphone jack for over three decades, we shouldn’t be amused with its removal, should we?

Apple IO Port Lifecycle

Headphone Socket Has Been Used in Every Apple Device Since 1984

“What I never realized is that most Apple I/O standards last about 15 years, give or take. Even the floppy, which seemed like a monumental change when it was removed from the iMac, was only around for 15 years.”

“We take the traditional USB connector for granted, but it’s also been around for about 18 years, and you can see how the new MacBook is ushering it out in favor of USB-C. It’s an interesting cycle.”

The report has been based on Mac, iPods and iOS devices and their support against ports as well as standard. Even the MacBook’s USB-C connector has been found to have the same standard but with the different port.

Apple IO Ports Death Chart

“We only used Macs, iPods, and iOS devices, and we mapped out support against both ports and standards since it’s really complicated to split them up. The original plastic MacBooks, for instance, supported VGA but had mini-VGA ports.”

“Then Apple moved to mini DVI port, then mini DisplayPort, and now Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 use the same port as mini DisplayPort. So the port is still around, but the standard it connects to is radically different. The new MacBook’s USB-C connector — it clearly deserves its own line on the chart, even though it’s the same standard with a different port.”

Indeed, Apple has been both the trendsetter and breaker. There are very few companies in the world, which can match its legacy.

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