The internet has been in an uproar all week after several publications cited that Apple could be removing the headphone jack on their upcoming models. Although Apple has made no comment on the subject – the news has been corroborated by Quartz, Forbes, Ars Technica, etc. – fans are taking no chances in losing the way they listen to music on the go.

Over 220,000 people have signed an online petition to boycott the removal of the headphone jack on the upcoming iPhone:

Apple is about to rip off every one of its customers. Again.

Forbes and FastCompany are reporting that Apple plans to ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone jack when it releases the iPhone 7 later this year. Only a massive international campaign can force Apple to change course now.

Not only will this force iPhone users to dole out additional cash to replace their hi-fi headphones, it will singlehandedly create mountains of electronic waste — that likely won’t get recycled. According to the United Nations, up to 90% of the world’s electronic waste is illegally traded or dumped each year.

Tell Apple to respect its customers and our planet. Keep the standard headphone jack.

This is right out of the Apple corporate playbook. A few years ago it swapped out the original iPod-dock connector with a new one, making countless cords, cables and chargers obsolete.

Apple plays up its green credentials, but the truth is that Apple only invested in renewable energy, and began phasing out toxic chemicals when public pressure became too strong to ignore. People power did it before, and we can do it again.

Tell Apple to keep the standard headphone jack and ditch planned obsolescence!

The people are rallying to #savethejack and you can join the movement by signing the petition HERE.

Something that people might not realize is that Apple holds such a large market share of mobile phones, that a move from them removing the headphone jack would have serious consequences market-wide.

Source: Tech Crunch