The internet has been ablaze the past few weeks about Apple potentially removing the headphone jack from the next iPhone — a move that's been heavily rumored for months, and has everything from blurry leaked case images to Wall Street Journal articles backing it up. We don't know if it's going to happen, but there's a bunch of fun pieces to read about the pros and cons of removing the jack, and other fun pieces to read about how Apple might do it.
Also, I hate this idea, and wrote about it.
But anyway! One of the most strongly-held arguments about Apple removing the headphone jack is that Apple has historically been first to drop a legacy technology, sometimes even before the rest of the industry is ready. Apple's vertical integration, passionate userbase, and scale (both historically small and now immensely huge) allow it to push big changes in a way that few other companies can pull off. The floppy, SCSI, optical drives, VGA — all killed by Apple years before vanishing from the rest of the industry.