It’s not just Apple that wants to take away your “obsolete” 3.5mm analog audio jack. It’s also LeEco, plus Motorola (at least in part), possibly even Samsung before long, and then you have Intel, which practically paved the way for the USB Implementers Forum’s latest Type-C breakthrough.
The “support organization for the advancement and adoption of USB technology” is seeking to implement the USB Audio Device Class 3.0 specification to “establish USB Audio over USB Type-C as the primary solution for all digital audio applications, including headsets, mobile devices, docking stations, gaming set-ups and VR solutions.”
Translation? If device manufacturers join hands in a concerted effort to make their USB connections faster and more efficient for both video and audio, which they’re eventually bound to do, a “single-cable solution” will soon enough provide a “standardized approach to deliver compelling user benefits, device interoperability and ease-of-use across all digital audio applications.”
Even clearer, everybody wants one cable and one port to rule them all, and not only on smartphones, with the benefits of going the USB Type-C, USB Audio 3.0-exclusive route including extra convenience of waterproof designs, as well as slimmer product frames. The USB-IF isn’t shy to reveal one of its goals is indeed to help “remove the 3.5mm analog audio jack”, so it’s just a matter of time now.