Silicon Valley is notorious for its rising tech companies. In fact, this tech “boom,” if you will, is similar to the Gold Rush of the 1840s. People from around the country and even the world rushing to this beautiful place in search of a prosperous future. Alongside the Gold Rush grew dozens of companies that catered to Forty-niners such as Levi Strauss & Co. For those who do not know, Levi Strauss was a manufacturer of jeans that were durable and comfortable for the hard-working gold miners, and he benefitted complementary to the Gold Rush itself. Today, the brand Levi’s is instantly recognizable to all Americans and even people from other countries, and it is one of the most profitable jeans-manufacturers in the world. (They even have their own football stadium for, you guessed it, the San Francisco 49ers!)
On September 7th, 2016, we all suffered a great loss. On this day, Apple announced their iPhone 7 would not have a headphone jack, which is one of the most universally used analog audio connectors. The headphone jack was a great utility, and it will be forever missed. And because it’s riddance was announced by Apple, we can almost confirm that it will never be seen again, as its absence will be popularized by the massive corporation. Following their announcement, there was much confusion as to why Apple would do something so seemingly horrendous, alongside the belittlement of Phil Schiller for his whole self-proclaimed “courage” rant. To fully understand their decision, we must first look at what the headphone jack is, and where it came from.