Samsung Mocks Apple's Decision to Remove the Headphone Jack in iPhone 7
At an event in New York today, Samsung unveiled several new products, including its latest smartphone, the Galaxy Note7. When showing off the phone's features, Samsung execs made it a point to mock Apple and the upcoming iPhone 7, which rumors suggest will not include a headphone jack.
While on stage describing the new Galaxy Note7, Samsung marketing VP Justin Denison made sure to point out that its new device comes with a headphone jack as can be seen in the video below, shared by iPhoneAddict.fr. "Want to know what else it comes with?" He asked. "An audio jack. I'm just saying," he added with a smirk as the audience laughed.
Denison didn't mention Apple on stage, but it's clear his headphone jack comments were directed at the Cupertino-based company and its plans to eliminate the 3.5mm headphone jack in future iPhones. Denison also played up the 3,500 mAh battery in the device and its expandable storage, two features that best Apple's current iPhones.
In addition to a headphone jack, a large battery, and expandable storage, the Samsung Galaxy Note7 also features a 2,560 x 1,440 Super AMOLED dual curved display, 4GB RAM, a 12-megapixel rear camera, wireless charging, IP-68 waterproofing, a USB-C connector, and an iris scanner.
Samsung has released its Galaxy Note7 a little over a month before Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Neither device is expected to include a headphone jack, a feature removal that's been widely rumored for months.
It's not yet entirely clear why Apple has decided to remove the headphone jack, but its elimination may result in extra space that can be used for other components and it may also contribute to improved waterproofing. Apple's upcoming iPhones are rumored to be more water resistant than the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, also perhaps including a flush "3D Touch" home button with haptic feedback capabilities.
Aside from these features, the iPhone 7 is said to feature only minor design changes, continuing to look similar to the existing iPhone. Other rumored specifications include improved processors, faster LTE, and camera improvements in the form of a larger sensor for the iPhone 7 and a dual camera setup in the iPhone 7 Plus.