"Apple is about to rip off every one of its customers. Again."
These are the words that start a petition over 200,000 people have signed this week after rumors emerged surrounding Apple's next iPhone model.
"But what about music?!"
Fear not. Apple has a pricey solution. Instead of plugging your earbuds into a circular headphone jack, you'll stick 'em in the slightly thinner lightening port -- the same opening that connects the phone to its charger. Of course, your current headphones won't fit in this port, so you'll have to buy new Apple headphones made specifically for this purpose. Wireless bluetooth headphones, if you happen to have some lying around, would also work. ???
"Only a massive international campaign can force Apple to change course now," the petition, which launched on Tuesday, Jan. 5, reads. "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. According to the United Nations, up to 90% of the world's electronic waste is illegally traded or dumped each year."
Eeeeek. Currently, all iPhones come with a pair of Apple's ear buds. Maybe Apple will do the same for its new headphones? And maybe they'll use their ~Apple magic~ to make this pair impossible to tangle? Let's all cross our fingers and hope for the best.