This is how it goes. If it weren’t for Apple we’d probably still be using computers with VGA and serial ports. The essence of Apple is that they make design decisions “no one asked for”.
Apple has been getting rid of 'legacy' connections for...ever. If you have any doubt about what Apple's stance on 'how it's always been done'. Look at the Magic Mouse and the Natural Scrolling feature.
I see this one differently, though. I might be an idealist in thinking that a lightning port set of earbuds might last longer. I'm a beast with analog TRS/TRRS connections; after a time, I end up with just one side of Dark Side of the Moon, and that's just no good.