I’m a technology advocate but I’m also a late adopter and for me the removal of the analogue output from the next iPhone signals the end of an era.
iPhone evolved from iPod, one of the most influential devices on the distribution and consumption of music we’ve ever seen and, if you ever bothered to check, every iPhone produced to date will very simply replicate the functionality of an iPod with no fuss, configuration or hassle.
If it has charge, stick any old headphones in, double tap the home button and press play. If the device has music on, it will play. It doesn’t need any configuration info or a network – it’s an iPod, and that legacy continues until iPhone7.
Apple has forgotten that iPhone castoffs filter down to capture the next generation of users. When they struggle to connect ancillary kit they very quickly lose interest and move on to something more generic.
Lightning is nice, but the late adopter will probably stick with 3.5mm.