That little dongle you plug into your phones? Yeah, it’s good for you

Collen Mahoney, Opinion Columnist

OK, so let’s get down to real talk: No one likes that Apple got rid of the headphone jack on its iPhones. But there are a few good reasons that you should think twice before hating on that little dongle Apple gives consumers.

First of all, consumers have one less port to worry about. One fewer place for something to get stuck, one fewer thing to break, and, the main factor, one fewer place to get water in. This was a huge consideration when removing the headphone jack. So, next time you drop your phone in the toilet and it still works, thank Apple.

Second, that headphone jack took up a lot of room. To all of you enjoying the iPhone X, XS, XS Max, or the XR, you probably love all of that extra screen space. Guess what made that possible — removing the headphone jack.

Also, fun fact: the sound quality through the lightning port is higher than the headphone jack. So those bumpin’ beats you play walking to class, going for a jog, or driving your car? Yeah, they just got better.

So while it feels dumb that Apple destroyed the headphone jack, it’s OK. Everyone had a rough time moving from cassettes to CDs and CDs to MP3s, but they made it through, and we will, too. Removing the headphone jack is best for consumers.