Do you wish for Apple to ditch the Jack?
In twenty one days from now, Apple will reveal its new design for the iPhone 6. Of course, it will sport a jack connector, as well as the following 6S, as they usually keep the design for two years. The jack is well alive, it is the most common standard of all, but it is also the one thing that keep Apple from making their phone even thinner. Well, it could be thinner while keeping the jack, but not a lot more. It is also a very, very old technology. Apple has never been shy to be the first to get rid of legacy component that nobody use anymore (floppy, CD), but I don't think we can call the jack "legacy". Nevertheless I really think it would worth it.
My idea would be that Apple, with the iPhone 6, keep the jack but start using the lightning connector for the earphone. With Beats, they would also be able push the use of lightning instead of the jack. Since the iPhone would keep the jack connector, all our previous earphone would still work with it. Apple could justify that move by adding a hearth sensor within the buds. It would be a really innovative move, which would fit well with iOS 8 and the new Health application.
After 2 years, there would be enough lightning earphone out there for Apple to ditch the jack with the iPhone 7. People would complain of course, as they complained for the lack of CD with the new macbook. None of Apple competitor could follow them on that path, as none of lightning alternative are good enough to ditch the jack. Apple would then have the thinnest phone on the market, and a phone with only one connector.
As soon as they reveal lightning earpiece, it would open the door for ipod redesign (especially the shuffle). Before ditching the jack for the iPhone, they would first proceed with the ipods as they are less important market, to let people get used to the idea.
The main issue I see would be with computers. Apple would need to quickly release macbook with lightning port.
As for me, it is a change I would welcome without an hesitation. What about you? Feel free to share your thoughts.