Thursday, 15 September 2016

If You Don't Like It Then Don't Buy It

So this is the post I was going to make on Monday before realising what the day was. The iPhone 7 was announced recently and one of the rumours that turned out to be true was that it wasn't going to have a headphone slot. I suppose it kind of does in that lightning port thingamadoohicky but the main actual headphone jack is gone. 

Now the internet lampooned and laughed at the decision and there are plenty of memes about how ridiculous it is. Because it is a silly decision. I don't plan on buying one myself so it doesn't really affect me much. The problem I have isn't really the idea that they've gotten rid of the headphone jack. My problem is with the people who have made fun of Apple for it and then gone on to say that they would still buy them. I actually read one webcomic where the joke was comparing the iPhone 7 to a woman without a vagina but in the description the artist lamented that they were going to miss their precious headphone collection.

If you don't like a product then don't purchase it folks. It's as simple as that. You can vote with your wallet. If you don't like that Apple took away the headphone jack (and made their iPhone 7 compatible headphones $200) then don't purchase their products. Don't reward them for fucking you over like that.

If you don't like it then don't buy it. No one is going to force you to buy it and buying it means that they will never learn. The best case scenario is that the iPhone 7 tanks. Like, really fucking tanks. Then the iPhone 7S (which will definitely happen) has an earbud jack and an apology. What's more likely to happen now is that the trend is set and most new phones lack a headphone jack. 

When you treat consumers like shit and they still buy your crap you're giving them permission to treat you like shit.

I suppose that's the general message of this post; if you disagree with something that a company does then you can just not do business with that company. 


  1. You're right, Mark. Of course, most people just love to moan and whine and bitch and complain without actually ever doing anything -- like not buying the product.

  2. My problem is that I'm always in the minority of opinion.

    This means that the things I don't like catch on and then every other product copies it.

    But voting with your wallet can be effective. Or so I hear!

  3. As much as I love my Apple computers, it always pisses me off when they pull BS like this. By removing the normal headphone jack, it forces people to buy special Apple-only headphones. It's the same with the charging ports on literally all of their products--I have a super old ipod, a G4 laptop, an imac from ~2010, a macbook air, and an iphone, and EVERY SINGLE ONE of them needs its own charger.

  4. Them saying it took "courage" was just a bit too much for me. They're comfy, they're fucking set, knowing people will buy their branded products anyway.
    Removing the jack would've been fine if they replaced it with a new standard. But they didn't. Lightning is hardly a standard (I believe it's proprietary, so only Apple can include it in their devices, but don't quote me on that), and wireless audio, though it's been around for a while, is still shite. Besides, five hours of battery life on their own wireless headphones? They didn't even try.

  5. I thought I saw a photo with a wireless headphone

  6. Most of the people I know who have iPhones (not all) would pay £500 for a dog turd if you stuck an Apple logo on it!

  7. My daughter loves her iPhones, but not sure if she would like this one as she uses her headphones all the time


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