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 (http://tinyurl.com/zpbnkdn), 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.