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News Release - Apple set to release iPhone 7

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Queen’s University technology expert Neil Bearse is available to comment on the launch of the iPhone 7 which is slated for later today. Rumours have been swirling about what the new iPhone will look like but tech analysts are saying Apple will be doing away with the headphone jack.

“Apple is famous for their lack of patience for legacy technology – often moving before the rest of the industry (or its customers) recognize it's time for change,” says Mr. Bearse. “Floppy drives and optical media were once as functionally commonplace as the standard headphone jack  - but they were never as personal or beloved. Is the audio jack, designed in the 1800’s, antiquated and ripe for innovation - absolutely. But the peripherals market needs a player like Apple to create a market for its replacement. Apple’s task today is to demonstrate that it’s worth potential early adopter tax to come along for the ride.”

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