Last week Apple announced the new iPhone and Apple Watch and one of the big changes for mHealth companies is the removal of the headphone jack. This has caused mHealth companies to scramble to change some of their products:
But the loss of the headphone jack won’t just affect audiophiles. A surprising number of smartphone-connected health devices use the headphone jack to connect as well. MobiHealthNews reached out to several of these companies and found that most were prepared for the change — and in fact, it’s driving many of them toward developing wireless versions of their products.
There are two potential replacements for the defunct headphone jack:
- Lightning port: for devices that need the highest fidelity audio or power
- Bluetooth: for devices that are self-powered and which are better used remotely without a tether to the iPhone
For most digital marketers this won’t be an issue, but anyone looking at apps that work with hardware this change may mean a change to the system and hardware design.
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- Apple Watch Series 2 is swimproof; has GPS, Nike partnership and Pokemon Go app
- Declining user base shows Pokemon Go not immune to trend of health app attrition
- Apple’s updated App Store guidelines place added scrutiny on health, medical apps
- Wearables market up 26 percent since last year, with Fitbit, Xiaomi and Apple leading the pack
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