Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) wants to know users’ experiences with MacBook Pro features, so it has been sending out surveys. According to a survey questions shared by Mac Rumors reader Blake, the main emphasis is on the headphone jack.
“Do you ever use the headphone port on your MacBook Pro with Retina display?” the question reads.
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Will the next MacBook Pro come with headphone jack?
Other users have also posted about similar questions they have been asked about the headphone jack on Twitter, suggesting that Apple is contemplating whether or not to remove the headphone jack in a future version of the MacBook Pro, notes Mac Rumors. The latest iPhone models do not have a headphone jack, and therefore, it makes sense that the company would like to continue the trend for its other products as well.
Apple is also interested in knowing more about the battery life and other ports, of which the SD card slot is one. One survey question was, “How do you upload photos from a digital camera or phone to your MacBook Pro with Retina Display?”
A leaked MacBook Pro shell suggests there could be four USB-C ports and a headphone jack in the upcoming MacBook Pro. Apple will possibly do away with other parts on the machine as well, such as the SD card slot, MagSafe connection, HDMI port or USB-A port, provided the shell is an actual part, notes Mac Rumors.
Apple has reportedly finalized the design of the MacBook Pro to be launched in 2016 far ahead of its release, and most likely, the company will continue to use the same design for several years going forward. Hence, the removal of the headphone jack is something that should not be a major concern for MacBook Pro users for now, says Mac Rumors.
Meanwhile Apple shares surged again Wednesday, pushing to their highest level in nine months. There are reports from major carriers of huge preorders for the latest iPhone, and this has benefited the stock a lot. It closed up $3.82 or 3.5% at $111.77 on Wednesday. Also Apple’s arch rival Samsung is having a tough time as its latest smartphone is facing battery exploding issues leading to a recall, thus benefiting Apple’s stock.
In the past nine months, Apple shares have enjoyed a decent run, outpacing the S&P 500. This is a welcome change for investors as Apple stock has remained a laggard for more than a year, with investors realizing that the smartphone market is largely mature.