Whew! For a minute there, I thought Slashdot, which was full of cutting-edge techies when I joined something-teen years ago, had become the domain of crotchety old curmudgeons. Glad to see someone still acknowledging that progress can exist.
Plenty of other technologies have given way to newer ones in the time this site has been around, and in most of those cases, there's been a period where technology B didn't work well with technology A and wasn't universal, and then after a bit manufacturers supported it and life went on.
If this sort of wailing and gnashing of teeth happened every time - and was actually successful - we'd still be using 5.25-inch floppies, MFM/RLL drives, keyboards with "AT" connectors, EGA graphics, token-ring networking over coax, long-distance communications through DB-9/DB-25 serial ports limited to 56K, and so on.
Even if a new standard is developed, there's a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem, in that somebody has to be the first to adopt it, and during the transitional period there's less motivation for industry to make things for it. Just look at USB in the '90s. That was a standard, developed by IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Compaq and others, which should have had enough weight in the PC world, but rather embarrassingly the first mainstream product to use it was the iMac - and Apple wasn't even involved in creating the standard.
Five, ten years from now, I anticipate we'll all have USB-C headphones (except Apple users, who might have something non-standard), and there will be USB-C ports everywhere, and we'll look back at this thread and laugh.