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

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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.

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CPark98

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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.
 

Relentless Power

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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.
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.
 

sunapple

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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.
 
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yesjam

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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.
 
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OlliFlamme

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Mine is still sitting in its box with the headphones that came with the phone
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?
 
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MauiPa

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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

oh no, $10, the humanity!

I guess if that is your decision criteria, it makes it easy for you to decide
 

Will.O.Bie

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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.
 

gaximus

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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
 

yesjam

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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.
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
 

bbednarz

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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
You don't. They still come with wired headphones in the box.
 

Fzang

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For like €15 I can get absolutely phenomenal wired in ears, so wires be damned for a while still.
 
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Relentless Power

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