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If it ain’t broke, fix it? Why Apple removed the headphone jack from iPhone 7

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Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller speaks on the new Apple iPhone 7 during a launch event on September 7, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Stephen Lam/Getty Images

Apple announced the latest reincarnation of the iPhone today in its highly anticipated annual event.

Besides the brand new finishes and improved cameras, Apple, like many analysts expected, eliminated the headphone jack entirely from its phones. Apple’s justification for the change is not so different from the historical ones it made before: wires are obsolete, wireless is the future.

But do long-time proponent of Apple products share the company’s desire to be so radical?  The upgrade can be seen as a way to sell more accessories by making the Apple ecosystem more contained than ever before. Users would be required to purchase an in-house headphones called “airbuds”, one of the more costly wireless earbuds that are compatible with the new audio connection, or keep the adaptor Apple provided to plug in your wired headphone.

Guest host Patt Morrison checks in with Edmund Lee, managing editor at Recode, on all things new out of the Apple orchard.

Guest:

Edmund Lee, Managing Editor at Recode, a technology news website. He tweets @edmundlee

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