Dongle-free advocate Micah Singleton for The Verge:
If a report from the Japanese blog Macotakara is to be believed, Apple is planning on getting rid of the headphone jack in the next iPhone. As it attempts to once again shrink its flagship device, Apple is reportedly planning on shipping EarPods that connect through the Lighting port with the next iPhone in order to remove the thicker 3.5mm headphone jack. This is a bad idea.
Apple may in fact want to get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack. For unbeknownst reasons, it’s obsessed with making the iPhone thinner every two years in direct hindrance to the possibility of improved battery life and a stronger chassis. (The iPhone 6S got stronger coincidentally as it got thicker, who knew?) There are a ton of reasons to keep the 3.5mm headphone jack intact, and seemingly only one rationale for Apple to get rid of it next year — to make a thinner iPhone, which absolutely no one is clamoring for.
Ignoring the fact that "I wish my phone was just a bit thicker," is a thing wished for by no one, removing the iPhone's headphone jack in favor of a (for the sake of argument) single, and now (presumably) dual purpose, lightning connection is quintessiantly Apple — more so if the now ever so slightly thinner phone became more inconvenient to use. Yes, it's dumb as hell, but after the canes are shaked — adjustments are made, blogs are written, accessories are bought, time passes — someone, somewhere, will talk about how damned innovative this all was.