Jack Off

Gruber's cocky op-ed speculates on the future of our favorite analogue port:

My hope is that they ship wireless ear buds. When Apple eliminates ports, they tend to do so in favor of wireless technology. Pushing wireless as the default would solve the problem of listening to audio while charging the device, too.

The article runs though five options for what might ship in the box alongside the next iPhone. I have very strong thoughts on this subject, but the vehicle that is the headphone-less iPhone 7 is already in motion, so bitching about it here wouldn't make a difference. Later in his post, Gruber brings up a good point regarding the 3.5mm adaptor unveiled by 9to5Mac:

If they ship it in the box, the implied message is that a 3.5mm headphone port is something every iPhone should have, which is contrary to the decision to remove the port from the device itself. If they’re eliminating the port, they’re saying most people should not need it. If most people shouldn’t need it, there’s no reason to ship the adapter with every iPhone.

Agreed. However, I think Gruber overlooked a sixth option: not including any headphones or 3.5mm adapters in the box. In this scenario, Apple can promote the oft-referenced $99 wireless headphones without "muddling their message." You can compare this with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard; both accessories are sold separately, and though they significantly increase the utility of the iPad Pro, they are not essential. Culturally however, this contradicts Apple's long-standing mantra, "music is in our DNA".

While we are speculating, perhaps Apple plans to increase iPhone pricing in the same manner as the iPad Pro (which saw increased revenues as a result this past quarter), and include premium headphones in the box…

Updated 7/30/2016 @ 4:37 PM: Looks like I wasn't the only person to suggest the sixth option.