Sometimes, when the soma-like effects of mind-numbing reality TV and presidential elect Twitter accounts have worn off, our minds flicker back to darker, even more haunting times.
Times where you’d spend an eternity traversing a minefield of excruciatingly slow WAP sites in the hopes of downloading a free polyphonic ringtone.
God, it was awful. But even then, it still wasn’t quite as soul-destroying as having to stick with the proprietary trash-tier headphones that came with your phone.
The day headphone jacks crept into mobile phones, we fully admit we wept tears of non-proprietary joy.
Fast forward to today though, and the world appears to be going backwards. The headphone jack - that glorious 3.5mm friend who has, for years, blessed our ears with a multitude of Pure Garage compilations - is dying.
We’ve seen the likes of Apple, Lenovo and HTC ditch our circular little friend for more modern ports and wireless options. But what about the year ahead? Here are the phone makers who are likely to continue the trend, and the ones who'll probably keep supporting your trusty pair of old cans...
Apple iPhone 7s/7s Plus
If the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus bring back the headphone jack, we’ll eat a bowl of Lightning cable bolognese and ask for seconds.
Trust us - for better or for worse, we can’t see Apple flip flopping on its “courageous” decision to move forward and ditch the headphone jack.
The jeering from those in the Anti Apple camp alone is as good a reason as any for the tech giant to stick to its guns, and with Lightning EarPods and an adaptor included in every box, it looks like there’s no going back.
If the rumours are true, the next iPhone could be ditching the physical Home button altogether too, but that’s a completely different story…
Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Edge
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is generally regarded as one of the best smartphones ever made, and as long as the upcoming Galaxy S8 doesn’t inherit the Note 7’s fiery attitude, it should make quite the impact when it’s announced.
Part of that impact will be negative though, if certain rumours prove to be true.
SamMobile - a site which has accurately received pre-launch information in the past - reports that Samsung too, will be ditching the headphone jack in its next flagship, in favour of a a sole USB-C port.
USB-C, unlike Lightning at least, will be more widespread, so if you do invest in a pair of USB-C cans, they should work with other handsets, laptops, and even the new MacBook Pro.