You wouldn't have a clue what segment of the market upgrades their machines. Unfortunately Apple has a huge influence on the market and when they became hellbent on thin-ness and lack of upgradability even where it wasn't justified, some of the market has followed. Its an incredibly arrogant and stupid move in an age where we need to be making the best and longest use of our resources. Even if the original owners of hardware didn't upgrade them, many second owners did, extending the life of hardware and extending the life of hardware is the most environmentally friendly thing to do.
Hopefully the world realises that the obsession with disposability needs to stop. Hopefully Project Ara takes off.
So Apple should remove the the ability to make a mobile phone call because its 'old' technology and there are semi replacements for it?
A technology being 'old' is not justification for removing it, especially when its 'replacements' (Bluetooth and Lightning) have major pitfalls.
The saved space is really quite minor. Quality of sound is an absolute joke of an argument considering the sound quality of most of the material iPhone users listen to. Even then if you want lighting headphones you can already use them regardless of the 3.5mm port being there.
Oh god, a slimmer iPhone, because the current one is just so massive.
And if people want this they can go out and buy it now - the lightning port has been on Apple devices since 2012 and there is no law stopping people from connecting up lightning headphones.
Their products are now disposable. Oh your $2000 Macbook broke, here buy another. The thing is though, the prices here at least have just kept rising, so they're now disposable but more expensive than ever.
I opted to sell the Retina Macbook Pro Apple gave me when my cMPB 2012 finally was replaced, in favour of another cMPB 2012 - last good laptop Apple made imho. Fairly repairable and upgradable. Will hopefully last a long time, At least until Apple pulls ones of its 'raise OSX requirements for no reason whatsoever moves'.