Petition protests Apple’s (rumored) plans to abandon the 3.5mm headphone jack

Rumors persist that the next gen of iPhones will dump the 3.5mm jack with Apple expecting you to use Lightning-connected or wireless earphones. Not everyone is happy about this possibility and there’s a petition protesting it at Sum of Us (, a website that “fights for people over profits.”

“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,” the site says. “According to the United Nations, up to 90% of the world's electronic waste is illegally traded or dumped each year.”

The site says ditching the 3.5 jack is right out of “the corporate Apple playbook.” A few years ago it swapped out the original iPod-dock connector with a new one, making countless cords, cables and chargers obsolete, notes Sum of Us. Over 204,000 folks have already signed the petition.