Apple jack axe ushers in a voice-driven world

* New iPhone 7 ditches the audio jack; offers adapter * Entering age of discreet ‘hearables’ – experts * Could be $16 bln market by 2020 * Industry sees voice control, artificial intelligence By Jeremy Wagstaff Sept 7 (Reuters) – The new Apple iPhone has something missing: the small socket millions of us have used for years to plug in headphones. While some fans opposed the widely anticipated move – one online petition urging Apple to keep the headphone jack drew more than 300,000 signatures – equipment suppliers and experts heralded a change in how users will interact with their devices. Axing the jack, they say, paves the way for discreet, bean-sized earbuds that can simultaneously translate, filter out unwanted noise or let us control other devices by voice -…


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