Originally Posted by Woochifer
Bad idea. It would instantly render iPhones incompatible with all existing analog headphones. I use a set of Grado headphones with my iOS devices and would not want to trade it in for a limited selection of Lightning-compatible cans.
I get the temptation to offload not only the headphone jack, but the internal digital-to-analog audio converter and op-amp as well. In order to restore compatibility, a Lightning-to-3.5mm jack adapter would be needed. But, if the 30-pin adapters provide any indication, these headphone adapters would be bulky and pricey -- primarily because Lightning is a digital-only format and requires a separate DAC built into any analog audio connector.
And the full length of the 3.5mm jack would now be external to the device. Picture a wafer-thin iPhone with this awkward dongle poking off the bottom for anyone who wants to use an analog headset. Not exactly the elegance that Apple purportedly aims for.
I really dislike nonconforming technology and I probably wouldn't buy an iPhone that would require an adaptor just so I could use my headphones but I guess it's not such a big deal for me as I don't have an iPhone. On my iPad though I don't have a problem with it as I use an Apogee One DAC that is connected via the Lightning Port, so in a way I have already moved on from using the built in 3.5mm jack. If Apple was to come out with a light weight DAC for the iPhone or even have it integrated into the phone itself I might change my mind but even then the odds that higher end headphones and I'm not talking about Beats will support this new format are pretty slim, so I would probably need an adaptor anyway.
Would an adaptor change the quality of the output, I ask because the HDMI adaptor for my iPad Air is very inconsistent, most of the time it mirrors the desktop at a 4:3 aspect ratio, plays videos at 720P and though I don't play many games I do like a few and their is noticeable lag with some, etc. Nothing compared to the experience when using a device that has a built in HDM, for example my Nexus 10 which has a built in Micro HDMI, I just plug it in and it works, full HD so none of those awful black bars that drives me batty on my iPad Air, no lag and the image is sharp and quite pleasing to look at when viewing movies and photos. So I defiantly notice the difference between using a dongle and having the tech built in, will there be a downside in using a dongle that converts the single from digital to analog for the 3.5mm jack. Have you seen the inside of the HDMI dongle, it could probably run iOS all by itself with the amount of chips that are in it, not to mention it wasn't cheap, especially for something that does something so arbitrary as connecting the device a TV. I would pay 100 dollars more for my iPad if it had a built in HDMI port.
Which bring s me to my next question, is having less ports really all that necessary, will the power dongle have two Lightning ports on it so I could listen to music while the iPad charges or will I have to wait? Will Apple come out with a 4 Port Lighting Port adaptor because if they continue down this line it's going to be a must.
Edited by Relic - 6/6/14 at 12:51pm