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By Dan Moren

The Back Page: A minimum of futzing

There’s a lot of fuss right now over a rumor that Apple may remove the good old headphone jack on the upcoming iPhone.

I say, friends, you’re lucky you’ve got any ports left on your Apple devices. This is a company that hates ports with the passion of that guy in The Jerk who hates cans. If Apple can be claimed to have any sort of singular focus over the last two decades, it is bent upon the single-minded goal of eliminating all ports on our devices.

It started in the earliest days of Steve Jobs’s return to the company and the release of the original iMac, which eliminated not only the floppy drive but most ports that weren’t those newfangled USB jobbies. (Well, okay, there was still a headphone port. And a mic port. And one of those Ethernet ports—but only because Wi-Fi wasn’t really a thing yet.)

Then there was the original iPod, which had only a headphone jack and a FireWire 400 port.…

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