More Evidence Emerges to Suggest 2018 iPhones Won't Be Bundled With Lightning to Headphone Jack Adapter

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    It has been nearly two years since Apple released the iPhone 7 without a headphone jack, forcing users who still use wired headphones to plug them into the Lightning connector using an adapter included in the box.

    Apple also includes the adapter in the box with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, but more evidence has emerged today that suggests that trend will soon end.

    Cirrus Logic, a supplier for the adapter, has apparently "confirmed" that the dongle won't be bundled with Apple's widely rumored trio of new iPhones expected next month, according to a Barclays research note.

    Barclays already anticipated this would be the case earlier this year.

    "Reported a beat but gave mixed guidance with revenue below but earnings ahead. Cirrus didn't update its FY19 guide... but they did finally confirm the dongle loss, adding more support for our below estimates," the research note reads.

    Apple routinely says it is pushing towards a "truly wireless future," and the headphone jack adapter has always been a stopgap amid that transition, so if Apple chooses not to include it in the box, it shouldn't really come as a surprise. Rumors suggest new iPads will also lose the headphone jack and adapter.

    Not everyone prefers wireless headphones, like AirPods, however, so if true, the removal of the adapter will almost certainly generate some controversy.

    Apple will likely continue to sell the adapter as a standalone accessory for $9, which is cheap by its standards, so customers at least won't be forced to pay too much extra for the adapter if it is indeed removed from the box this year.

    The adapter is also available at resellers such as Best Buy, where nearly two years later, it is the retailer's second-best selling Apple product in terms of units, so an argument could be made that Apple is removing the adapter too soon.

    In a little over a month, we should find out for sure.

    Article Link: More Evidence Emerges to Suggest 2018 iPhones Won't Be Bundled With Lightning to Headphone Jack Adapter
  2. NBAasDOGG macrumors regular


    May 27, 2017
    I just realized that one of these was hidden in my iPhone box :D
  3. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Really not a big deal. Most never use headphones with their phones anyways.

    I have a pile of these things sitting around, along with all the chargers and headphones from previous phones and test phones. Not all that useful.
  4. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
  5. Rudy69 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2009
    Mine is still sitting in its box with the headphones that came with the phone
  6. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Apple does not have to provide the adapter in the box, I’m sure they would still sell it separately if someone really wanted to use the lightning adapter or someone may know someone else who has one that doesn’t use the adapter, it’s a non-issue.
  7. OlliFlamme macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2018
    Haha, I was just thinking of them still being in the box of my two last iPhones.
    I wonder how many are made without ever been used...
    Modern times :rolleyes:
  8. skinned66 macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2011
    Ottawa, Canada
    I still have a 6S and while I like the headphone jack option, even I've moved on to wireless headphones. I'm happy with my hifi stuff staying at home I guess. The upside is now I have no cables to snag on things.
  9. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    peanut farm
    I’m not sure how I feel

    On one hand, you’ve had 2 years to get wireless headphones or you can use the Lightning EarPods they provide

    On the other, you’re having to pay $10 to restore basic functionality that other phones provide for free
  10. CPark98 macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2016
    Given that lightning EarPods are already bundled in the box, there is little reason to include it. Its been two years since the jack was removed so I think that this transition period was the right way to start off the phasing out of the headphone jack on Apple's devices.
  11. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Reference the Bolded: I think that’s a heavily lopsided opinion, as many still do use Wired headphones with smart phones today, even though Bluetooth has grown exponentially.
  12. sunapple macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    I’ve been using mine with my old in-ears (I leave it connected to them), those are sometimes better than my AirPods (loud environments for example). Also very useful in our car that only has aux-in.
  13. yesjam macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2014
    More of a mild inconvenience than anything. Apple's headphones fall out of my ears; I prefer the sound quality-to-dollar ratio of wired headphones to that of wireless headphones; having not upgraded my iPhone in some years I don't have an adapter on hand so will have to purchase one. It's fine.
  14. OlliFlamme macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2018
    That’s also such a thing... how many of those have never been used?? That would be a shame for Apple to have a statistical figure on.
    Leave out those, the little dongle and pit some common sense in the package by supplying a fast charger instead.
    When’s the next Steve going to add some sense to Apple?
  15. MauiPa macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2018

    oh no, $10, the humanity!

    I guess if that is your decision criteria, it makes it easy for you to decide
  16. Will.O.Bie macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2016
    My family switched to bluetooth five years ago and never looked back. I can imagine some of the audiophile purists thinking of something snarky to say after finding out this was inevitable.
  17. gaximus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2011
    I have 4 of those, one set up on a receiver, the rest still in the box, and my receiver I just added airplay to, so I don't even need it anymore
  18. yesjam macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2014
    I would say for me it's not a matter of being an audiophile but is more about not wanting to spend comparatively more money on a pair of equivalent headphones only to have to worry about the battery life of yet another device
  19. macslayer118 macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    They don’t have to sell them. Provide one free one per serial number or something. Like many have said, mine from the X is still sitting in the box, so that’s definitively a waste of money, but for those that want it, provide it for free.
  20. MauiPa macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2018
    After suffering on an 11 hour plane ride I dubbed "Screaming babies on a plane", I decided to purchase headphones - went wireless. So ultra-convenient, can't imagine using wired, ever. Use on my Mac, my iPhone, my Apple Watch, even my smart tv.
  21. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    I wonder how many people out there insist that they must have a set of wired headphones to get the best quality possible when they listen to their lossy-compressed music? :rolleyes:
  22. bbednarz macrumors 6502


    Nov 16, 2017
    You don't. They still come with wired headphones in the box.
  23. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    For like €15 I can get absolutely phenomenal wired in ears, so wires be damned for a while still.
  24. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    If Apple is going to do this, they should include a free pair of wireless ones. Maybe not AirPods, but maybe urBeats or something.

    That being said, I switched to AirPods and haven’t looked back.
  25. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Why Should Apple have to give anything ‘free’, let alone some wireless headphones? Because they deleted a 3.5 mm Jack or are no longer including the lightning adapter? I don’t understand why you think Apple should do something for free because of what exactly?

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