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More than 200,000 people do not want Apple to remove this iPhone feature

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:14 IST

The reports of Apple mulling to remove the headphone jack have come as a shock to many iPhone users.

Apple wants to introduce the wonderful world of wireless listening to its users, but it seems that they are just not ready for it.

Though Apple has not uttered a word on this issue, but the rumours have sent fans in to frenzy.

And of course, baffling headlines like this are all over the internet:


Worried users have started and signed an online petition with more than 200,000 digital signatures, asking Apple to keeping the jack as it is.

This is what the petition reads:

Apple is about to rip off every one of its customers. Again.

Forbes and FastCompany are reporting that Apple plans to ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone jack when it releases the iPhone 7 later this year. Only a massive international campaign can force Apple to change course now.

Not only will this force iPhone users to dole out additional cash to replace their hi-fi headphones, it will singlehandedly create mountains of electronic waste - that likely won't get recycled. According to the United Nations, up to 90% of the world's electronic waste is illegally traded or dumped each year.

Tell Apple to respect its customers and our planet. Keep the standard headphone jack.

This is right out of the Apple corporate playbook. A few years ago it swapped out the original iPod-dock connector with a new one, making countless cords, cables and chargers obsolete.

Apple plays up its green credentials, but the truth is that Apple only invested in renewable energy, and began phasing out toxic chemicals when public pressure became too strong to ignore. People power did it before, and we can do it again.

Tell Apple to keep the standard headphone jack and ditch planned obsolescence!

Until Apple comes up with something concrete, these will remain just rumours. Internet surely loves dramas and petitions are a fad.

#SaveJack is a trending hashtag on Twitter and this is what it's drawing:

First published: 11 January 2016, 3:02 IST