When Google unveiled the much-awaited Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL yesterday, little we knew that Apple will have the last laugh by the end of the event. By following the Apple’s footmarks to make Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google has made the mockery of itself. Wondering what exactly we are trying to portray here? Keep reading!
In August last year, Apple unveiled iPhone 7 to the world for the very first time. Though rumours mills were already buzzing about the specification, features, upgrades and downgrades in iPhone 7 before the official launch, On September 16, it became clear that Apple had indeed made a major change in iPhone 7 – no more 3.5mm headphone jack.
The absence of headphone jack triggered a debate among users, analysts and experts as many found the unavailability of a headphone jack in a smartphone quite a discomfort. In fact, a number of people created various memes, jokes and tweeted making a mockery of Apple’s decision to give headphone jack a miss.
Google didn’t miss the opportunity to mock Apple and poked fun with marketing material describing Pixel’s headphone jack as “3.5mm headphone jack satisfyingly not new.” Google described a 3.5mm headphone jack as a vital piece in a smartphone to stay there for many years to come.
Fast forward October 2017, exactly after a year, Google has also ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack. The new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones don’t have any headphone jack. Now Google thinks that headphone jack is not important enough to compromise with the design and sleekness. Apple cited the similar reason to justify the absence of headphone jack, but a year ago itself.
After the launch of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google is being forced to have a taste of its own medicine by Apple fanboys. Though the Mountain View company is trying its best to justify the move of distancing from 3.5mm headphone jack, Apple fans are resharing the tweets and statements Google used to take a dig on Apple iPhone 7 at the time of the launch of Pixel smartphone after a year now.
After the launch event of Pixel 2, Google gave its own justification for giving the analogue port a miss to TechCrunch.
“The primary reason [for dropping the jack] is establishing a mechanical design path for the future,” Google product chief Mario Queiroz told TechCrunch after the event. “We want the display to go closer and closer to the edge. Our team said, ‘if we’re going to make the shift, let’s make it sooner, rather than later.’ Last year may have been too early. Now there are more phones on the market.”
No matter how well Google describes the absence of headphone jack in Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it’s proven that Apple has the ability to visualize the tech of future. Wireless is the future and Apple had realised it almost four years back when it first bid adieu to LAN port in MacBook Air, making connectivity possible only through Wireless. Soon there will be jack-less bezel-free mobile devices that will completely depend on wireless technology; be it for device charging, connecting earphones or even data transfer from one device to another.
Soon there will be jack-less bezel-free mobile devices that will completely depend on wireless technology; be it for device charging, connecting earphones or even data transfer from one device to another. By then it would be interesting to see what new addition/omission Apple brings to its devices.
For those who are still struggling with non-availability of 3.5mm headphone jack, pls don’t fall prey to the hack similar to iPhone 7. You will only end up making a big hole in your pocket instead of making a hole for headphone jack in your Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL device.