Apple have turned a corner, Android is still lagging behind, and why is there no third option?

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If you don’t know already then you should be aware that Apple has started the process of killing off the headphone jack in their latest iPhone version. Aside from that it’s a lovely new iPhone. More RAM, better speakers, and stereo ones at that. But I can’t go there without the jack. All of this adapter stuff doesn’t work for me, and as for the AirPods, they just don’t make sense to me. They last for 5 hours before needing a charge, that’s great, but I’ve never had to charge my headphones ever. And, more importantly, there’s no mention of the audio latency anywhere, I don’t think that bodes well.

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What’s more, I doubt that Apple will stop there. This is the beginning. The iPad will be next, then the Mac too. Jacks will vanish and others will do the same.

So if you’re not going to the iPhone 7, where else is there to go? Well there are of course lots of other devices available. Personally I may go to the 6s next, it seems a reasonable compromise for now. There is Android of course, but for mobile musicians this might not be a palatable move from iOS, as, let’s face it, as a platform it doesn’t rival the range and diversity of iOS music creation. That’s only fair to say I think, and in itself a real shame. Android always had promise, but it doesn’t seem to have delivered so far.

And what’s more, the jack removal movement is there already, with the Moto Z already going jackless! It was in fact a device I was looking at with some interest due its modular nature, but with no jack it really lacks appeal. It won’t be the only jack free device soon either, that’s my bet.

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So where else is there to go? Well that’s really the point of this piece. There isn’t anywhere else to go that really works as an iOS alternative. Apple have really done what they set out to in making it an ecosystem that you can’t get out of. If you like your iOS music apps you’re pretty stuck right now, and that seems like a real shame. There’s little chance that Apple will licence iOS to another handset manufacturer, so there’ll be no device that really comes close.

You could view this as a real market opportunity, but in all honesty, who will take it on? It’s a gap that no one is likely to fill at all, and that’s so disappointing.

Personally I could attempt a return to Palm OS, or even Windows Mobile (the really old one), but I know that it wouldn’t last. What I’m really after is a real alternative, but who’s got pockets big enough for that?

Any thoughts? I’m stuck!

It’s going to be a busy week this week, here’s what I’ve got on my list for this week

There’s a lot happening this week, so I thought it would be worth talking about what’s coming up so that you don’t miss anything. Here’s what I’ve got on my list for this week.

  • Tomorrow, the 6th: Fluxpad launches – I posted about Fluxpad the other day and you can expect it tomorrow, which is great as I think we’ve been waiting for this a long time.
  • Wednesday, the 7th: Apple launches the iPhone 7, and maybe we’ll see them say goodbye to the venerable headphone jack. Who knows. I’m sure all will be revealed on Wednesday.
  • Friday, the 9th: Roland have a lot in store apparently. According to them they’ve got 30 new products and services to tell us about on 909 day!
  • Friday, the 9th: Of course what’s more is that on Friday the 9th we’ll have the Beautiful Octopus Club and SoundLab at the Royal Festival Hall. If you can come along then I’d love to see you there, and do say hello.

So it’s a busy week, will it be good news or sadness on Wednesday? Who knows! Either way you can celebrate or commiserate with us on Friday at the Beautiful Octopus Club at the Festival Hall.

Will we see the iPhone 7 on the 7th? And will there be a jack?

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So it looks likely that the the iPhone will be coming on the 7th if you assume that Apple is going to follow their previous patterns. What they’ll bring us with the 7 is anyone’s guess.

Will it be slimmer? I hope not to be honest as I just don’t think that I need that extra millimetre in my pocket. Will there be a better camera? It would be nice, but I can’t say I’ll get over excited about it. Will the camera be flush at last? Now that would be good, I’d like that, but not enough to be buy a new iPhone. Better battery life? That would be nice. An iPhone 7 Pro model? Maybe, that might be good depending on the specs of course.

The big one of course is whether or not Apple will remove the headphone jack. Now that could be a deal breaker for me. A real deal breaker. I’m not sure I’m ready for that. I’m also not sure that latency on Bluetooth headphones is good enough for me to use for making music as yet.

So if the jack goes, I think I do too. Not from iOS entirely, no, that would be a step too far, but maybe I won’t keep going with the iPhone. Perhaps now would be the time to move over to Android for a while. If Apple remove the headphone jack from the iPhone now I can’t see it coming back any time soon. Also, if they do remove the jack then it won’t stop at the iPhone. It’ll be the first step. At least that’s my view anyway.

But there’s only a few days to wait now before all is revealed. Of course I expect we’ll see iOS 10 at he same time. Although I would have preferred it to be called iOSX. That would’ve been nice. Secretly (ok, not very secretly) I’d still like them to call iOS versions after something like OSX (MacOS) versions. I’d like insects, but maybe famous electronic musicians or bands would work very well too.

So there you go. We’ll know all on the 7th of September. What do you think?