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Walt Mossberg says Apple is taking a gamble on the iPhone 7

Recode and The Verge join forces to answer your questions about this week’s Apple event.

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As you’ve probably heard by now, Apple has officially announced the iPhone 7 — and it looks a lot like the iPhone 6, with one big exception: The removal of the long-standard headphone jack.

"Apple has decided that, for the first time in a two-year cycle, they’re not going to do a redesign of the outside phone," The Verge Executive Editor Walt Mossberg said on the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask. "They’re going to stick with the same case and the same design. It’s heavily redesigned inside, and it’s not the same phone, but it’s a gamble."

Speaking on the podcast with Recode’s Kara Swisher and Dan Frommer and The Verge’s Lauren Goode, Mossberg said he expects a much more dramatic evolution of the iPhone for its tenth anniversary next year. The group discussed at length two of the biggest shifts: Coming improvements to the phones’ cameras, particularly on the larger iPhone 7 Plus model; and the wireless earbuds, called AirPods, that are replacing Apple’s iconic white wired buds.

"I got a little bothered by the headphones, and then I put myself into the context of the human race and stopped caring," Swisher said.

Also on the table: A new line of Apple Watch hardware, called "Series 2," that is water-resistant and can do some things more independently of the iPhone. Later in the show, the team of Vergers and Recoders also answered your questions about everything from Bluetooth to Apple’s Twitter foul-up to concerns about battery life.

"This is what I call the ‘Designed by Apple in California curse,’" Frommer said of the new phones’ reliance on the same port for both headphones and charging. "They’re too used to the fancy-commuter lifestyle and those of us who need to charge while we’re listening constantly lose."

Thank you to everyone who sent in their questions about this week’s Apple event. Still have questions we didn’t get to? Or have another tech topic on your mind? You can tweet any questions, comments and complaints to @Recode with the hashtag #TooEmbarrassed. You can also email your questions to, in case Twitter isn’t your thing.

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