Apple announced the iPhone 7 this morning and has nixed the 3.5mm audio headphone jack. It was a controversial decision and Apple is already copping heat for it, but it appears the Australian public is evenly divided on whether removing the headphone jack is a good or bad idea, according to research from analyst firm Telsyte.
In its Australian Smartphones & Wearables Device Market Study, Telsyte asked 1097 respondents aged 16 and over whether the removal of an analogue headphone jack would stop them from buying a smartphone.
The result? Around 35 per cent said they would be put off from buying a new phone with no analogue headphone jack. Meanwhile, 34 per cent said they are not concerned. Nearly half of the respondents who said they are not fussed about losing the headphone jack are iOS users.
The rest of the respondents said they were unsure.
Here’s a full breakdown of the results:
Lifehacker Australia readers have been quite vocal on this issue. If you have an opinion about Apple’s decision to give the 3.5 headphone jack the chop, tell us about it in the comments.