Apple jack ax ushers in a voice-driven world

Wednesday, September 07, 2016 2:20 p.m. CDT By Jeremy Wagstaff (Reuters) – The new Apple iPhone has something missing: the small socket millions of us have used for years to plug in headphones. While some fans opposed the widely anticipated move – one online petition urging Apple to keep the headphone jack drew more than 300,000 signatures – equipment suppliers and experts heralded a change in how users will interact with their devices. Axing the jack, they say, paves the way for discreet, bean-sized earbuds that can simultaneously translate, filter out unwanted noise or let us control other devices by voice – and drive up the value of the so-called ‘hearables’ market to $16 billion within five years. It’s the vision of the futuristic 2013 movie “Her”, where a human has a…

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