Artificially deprecating technology is a good thing

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This might be a controversial topic, but humankind can have more benefit than harm from artificial technology deprecation.

We all have heard about 3.5mm jack deprecation (iPhone 7 started it all), which immediately had become a disappointment for a lot of people. So what are the cons of removing the 3.5 jack? The two most common arguments are:

  • Bluetooth headphones are more expensive
  • 3.5 is a long-lived standard port for audio

While both of these arguments are true, they are becoming less and less relevant in 2021. Bluetooth headphones are getting cheaper and better, Bluetooth technology is becoming more reliable and audio quality is fantastic!

When the first CD-disks came out, everyone was happy to get rid of floppy disks. When the first USB sticks came out, everyone was happy to switch from CD-disks. Why? Because they are more efficient, more modern, more reliable. HDD got substituted by SSD, and SSD got substituted by NVMe. Everyone seems happy about data storage upgrades, but why there are people who don't like 3.5 jack deprecation? My guess is... suddenness. While USB sticks and CDs were introduced gradually, the 3.5 jack disappearance was a misunderstood surprise.

But why is it important to accept these changes? Because if we deny new tech, we are getting stuck with what we have. We stop technology advancement.

The lifecycle of technology is not limited to hardware, it should also be a part of software development. For example, take Internet Explorer - it is still used by 1.68% of people worldwide! Web developers were forced to support a browser which is a security nightmare. Not only developers were doing a disservice for IE users, but they slowed down other browsers as well (check out what polyfills are). Also, check out a website I've created:

The moral of the story: leave your comfort zone, forced deprecation is not your enemy, it is the only way to rapidly advance technologically.

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