I think we’re all used to the headphones we use with our smartphones and devices. Well, sooner or later, we might have to change the way we look at headphones and earphones.
The 3.5mm audio port or the headphone jack as most people call it will eventually be phased out and will make way for USB-Type C headphones/earphones.
USB-Type C is the new type of USB port which was introduced about two years ago. What makes the new USB ports great are the fact that they are reversible, meaning you don’t have to worry about which way you plug it in.
USB-C can also double as a charging cable. Basically, if you have a computer with a USB-C port and a USB-C cable lying around, you won’t have to worry about trying to have a charger. USB-C basically doubles work in transferring data as well as charging.
The Tech industry is already embracing UBS-Type C. The new Motorola Z phones have already ditched the headphone jack and replaced it with a USB-Type C port. Apple also used a USB-Type C port in its new Macbook.
So you better start to expect all the new and upcoming devices to be fitted with USB-Type C ports with no headphone jack.
All those headphones you use with a headphone jack? They might be obsolete in the next couple of years. I’m certain manufacturers will start making a lot of USB-Type C adapters to make sure your precious headphones and earphones can still work but you might want to look for USB-Type C headphones in the future.
It’s not all bad. USB-Type C actually have a big advantage over the normal headphone jack. USB-Type C headphones will be digital outputs, which means the sound and music you listen to on your device will be better quality than the 3.5mm analog jack.
I like the fact that USB-Type C will actually lead to less cables. If I have a USB-Type C lying around, I won’t have to worry about carrying my charger cable for charging my laptop, my headphone cable, my USB cable for charging my smartphone and so on.
The transition might take some time to get used to. But change is coming. With rumors of the new iPhone 7 ditching the headphone jack, the new Macbook Pros and laptops fitting in USB-Type ports, it’s all a matter of time before we all say goodbye to the 3.5mm jack.
USB-Type C is basically the one cable to rule them all. I definitely welcome our new headphone type overloads.