While many of the tech companies already started eliminating the headphone jack to replace that with USB-C port, most of us are really not aware of the actual benefit of this replacement.
For example, Apple is rumoured to replace the 3.5mm headphone jack with USB-C in their iPhone 7, Moto Z is another device that has already ditched the port. While this trend keeps increasing, Intel architects Brand Saunders and Rahman Ismail took the initiatives to explain the actual benefits of USB type C port.
The duo went on to explain at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco that USB type C port is not just the replacement of headphone jack rather it is able to do something more than that. The first thing is obviously the slimmest phone. Yes, removing headphone jack eliminates the need for routing analog circuit and the digital audio can be implemented that allow you to take advantage of the cheap earbuds in order to enjoy some high-end features like noise cancelling, bass boosting etc. that are only possible through expensive headphones.
Apart from audio, this port is also able to improve your video and data transfer experience. For example, the Smartphone with USB-C port can be hooked with a big display to watch movies and run apps, however, gaming such a way is not possible yet. Also, this port is well able to handle multiple connections at a time, so you can make use of this USB-C port in a far better way than the headphone jack.
With all these, some might be a bit concerned for the battery life as USB-C port is more power hungry than that of the headphone jack and can squeeze more amount of battery. However, According to Brand Saunders and Rahman Ismail from Intel, the difference in battery usage is really negligible while users can also turn off some features in USB-C to save some battery.