Neither the iPhone nor Moto Z, first to remove the jack was the Game Boy

Game Boy

We saw the Moto Z and we have already seen in some models LeTV, but Apple always manages to give the note traditionally although added (or in this rather decline case) performing in their products are not new per. This time it was the elimination of the 3.5 mm jack, but this “revolution” had occurred prior technology but not mobile, but in video games.

When we speak of Moto Z many models you reformists us somewhat smaller brands in terms of sales and market, and also some mobile models being left out of the category smartphones (such as Nokia, carrying its own audio connection). But going back in time we find that Nintendo would make “Moto Z” or “Apple” at the time with the Game Boy Advanced SP.

Game Boy
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A portable console without headphones! What are you thinking?

Game Boy have eight models until Nintendo cease manufacturing the mythical handheld game console to make way for the new DS and, as we have seen especially this year, to invest time and resources in other fields such as mobile games. The models are, in chronological order:

  • Original Game Boy: Between 1989 and 1995.
  • Play It Loud!: A special edition colors (red, yellow, green, black, blue and transparent) made and distributed during 1995.
  • Game Boy Pocket: From 1996 to 2000.
  • Game Boy Light: Only for Japan during 1998.
  • Game Boy Color: Color screen, between 1998 and 2003.
  • Game Boy Advance: Design a big change from 2001 to 2006.
  • Game Boy Advance SP: Another design change (SP was for Special Edition), making type flip or shell, from 2003 to 2008.
  • Game Boy Micro, the smallest and last manufactured from 2005 to 2008.

Game Boy Advance to all wore the headphone jack of 3.5 mm, but what happened to the Advance SP for the eliminasen? Just the design change that was mentioned in the summary, the most compact, leaving very little room for him to carry the plate. The company decided to sacrifice this port and put in place an exit requiring an adapter to connect headphones with 3.5 mm jack, as explained on its website.

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Although the headphones could still be used as the adapter was from a fairly economic principle, the change has triggered numerous complaints from users of this console. Not all were critical in some cases the decision was understood arguing lack of space.

A future without cables, but still distant

The Game Boy Micro also took connector 3.5 mm, but Nintendo regained the standard with its new generation, the Nintendo DS. In these rejoined the jack, while in the same place another entry would be for specific headphones that the manufacturer would remove whose composite connection fitted in both fissures was located.

In the case of smartphones germ motivation to remove the jack is also space; time here and seeing how we manage to scrape cubic millimeters fill with the battery capacity or how they manage to insert spectacular cameras in just a few millimeters. But both the Moto Z as the iPhone boast of thinness and common victim was this connection that in many cases not strictly necessary, although very useful.

Yesterday’s voice sounded Keynote Ive stating that Apple believes “in a future without cables”. This is the other component that probably is encouraging that in a while manufacturers arising remove this connection whose use is still quite common, being as a result devices like the Macbook or the Asus Zenbook 3, that being computers (with the variety of uses you have) have only one or two ports (although these if they have audio jack).