I've been trying to understand Apple's design philosophy with the new headphonejackless iPhones and how it translates to macbook pro designs. I just can't understand why they would make the iPhone like that. Bear with me while I explain what I mean. Apple removed the headphone jack and included a lightning headphone cable. What are they trying to achieve? They claimed said to save space and to move to a digital media delivery system. There is fundamentally very little difference between lightning and USB type C connector. Everything Lightning does, USB-C can do in virtually the same form factor. The next generation macbook pro's will have a few USB-C connectors but what audio connectors will they use? Are they going be installing a single lightning connector on the mac to allow us to use the apple earbuds? Personally, I think that's unlikely. So, why are they pushing us to use lightning powered headphone cables? It would make a lot more sense for the iPhones to move to USB-C for headphone compatibility on both macbook pro's and iphones. They chose to embrace a proprietary headphone connector standard that doesn't give much more benefit than USB-C. It's not like connector form factor was completely unique with value add like a magnetic smart connector. Imagine a magnetic smart connector headphone/accessory connection system. At least that is unique. It's just different enough to be useless on all other devices but featureless at the same time. The design of the macbook pro is going to be largely unchanged for the next few years. With the upcoming redesign, we'll find out what apple really meant to do with the iPhone audio jack removal. TL;DR iPhones shouldn't use a lightning connectors for headphones if they're not adding a lightning cable on macbook pro's. If apple is forcing an digital headphone delivery system, they should have went with USB-C.