The recently announced Google Pixel 6a does not have a headphone jack. Instead, you’ll have to rely on your favorite Bluetooth headsets – say, the recently announced Pixel Buds Pro.

This is convenient, no doubt. And according to your favorite Apple blog, that’s a bit of humorous hypocrisy, given that just nine months ago Google released a promo video for the Pixel 5a that blew the brilliance of the design in a circle, while heralding the inclusion of the phone. 3.5 mm headphone jack. (And while you’re making fun of the overly serious tone of Apple’s promotional videos from the past, when Sir Johnny Ive did a great job of things like shapes your little one would recognize.)


It’s hard not to watch the August 2021 Google video and not smile a little. This is a fun watch. It’s certainly ridiculous, just as you can see Apple throwing a finger at Google for things like out of focus or killing popular (though not revenue-generating) products – or, you know, tablets.

Also, you can’t help but laugh at the headlines from several Apple-friendly blogs that note that Google got rid of the headphone jack in the Pixel 6a in the immediate aftermath of the aforementioned sinister video. “Google kills the headphone jack in the latest Pixel 6A just months after Apple’s parody,” reads one headline. “Google’s Pixel 6a is dropping the headphone jack, although it’s making fun of Apple for it,” said another.

It doesn’t matter that there is absolutely no reason for either Google or Apple to apologize for the design. Or protect him, in this case. These things are done for a reason. They are not accidental. There’s also absolutely no reason for the blog to need a white knight for Apple – the company is doing well, even without headphone jacks. (And it’s easy to argue that it’s doing well because it’s getting rid of the headphone jack; the AirPods business is huge and, along with watches and other accessories, was bought for $ 8.8 billion in the first three months of 2022. – more than I Pad.)

Back in 2016, when Apple got rid of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 line, marketing manager Phil Schiller described the impetus for change as “courage.” “The courage to move forward and do something that improves us all.”

It was a curious phrase that was easily ridiculed at the time and in the years that followed. I definitely made my share of it. But in fact, I would argue that while it sounds silly and too serious (which is essentially Apple’s DNA and can afford to be ridiculed at the moment), that’s not wrong either. Apple tore off the band-aid. It was almost certainly not an easy choice. “Boldly?” That may be a little. A little too self-conscious.

And maybe it’s not such a “bold” move about five and a half years later in Pixel 6a, not that it’s not the first in the Pixel line to avoid the headphone jack – not far away. This goes back to the Pixel 2 in 2017. But we have long argued that abandoning the headphone jack is the right move.

So sure. Maybe Google showed the same courage a year after Apple got rid of the headphone jack on all its phones. Maybe he showed it again this week in Pixel 6a. And maybe he keeps showing it when he’s not afraid to interfere with Apple from time to time.

But how about going back to an obvious satirical video from the fall of 2021? There is no courage in this.

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