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RIP: Top 5 tech products that vanished in 2016

RIP: Top 5 tech products that vanished in 2016

2016 was a tough year for fans. We lost quite a number of famous people - David Bowie, Prince, Gene Wilder, Muhammad Ali, Carrie Fisher, Alan Rickman, to name a few. Most of these farewells were sudden and unexpected, leaving their followers distraught and shaken.

But it's not just living and breathing celebrities we lost in 2016, there were losses in the tech world too. Gadgets, brands, and accessories also had to say the unexpected goodbye to its army of faithful fans.

Here are the top five tech products that vanished in 2016. You will be missed!

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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The Galaxy Note 7 has been a nightmare for Samsung since its release in August. Over 2.5 million of the phones were recalled after a flaw started causing the battery to overheat and catch fire. Then, replacement Note 7s started having the same overheating issues and eventually, all Note 7s were banned from U.S. flights.

This prompted Samsung to kill off and completely stop production of the Galaxy Note 7 and urged owners of the smartphone to turn them off and return their handsets.

Adding insult to injury, major U.S. cellphone carriers have started pushing a software to Note 7s that will render them completely useless.

If there's one tech product that deserves the womp-womp sound for 2016, it has to be the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

The great Apple port purge of 2016

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The release of the iPhone 7 and the new MacBooks was met with much excitement in 2016. People were lined up outside Apple Stores for days so they could be one of the first people to get their hands on these shiny new gadgets.

The biggest polarizing iPhone change was Apple's "courageous" decision to eliminate the 3.5mm headphone jack. To the dismay of headphone fans everywhere, the iPhone 7 uses the Lightning port for sound output.

This means you will have to either use an external dongle to use regular headphones or go with wireless headphones like Apple's own $159 AirPods.

Other casualties of the great Apple port purge of 2016 are the traditional USB ports, the SD card slot, and the MagSafe 2 connector on MacBook Pro laptops, replaced with Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports.

For users dependent on older peripherals, this means they'll be forced to live through dongle hell if they opt to upgrade their MacBooks.

So farewell iPhone headphone jack and MacBook Pro old reliables, you will be missed! Thanks to you, 2016!

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