Let me start by saying that I am skeptical at best of Apple's purported plans to get rid of the headphone jack. I've been critical on other threads, not because of the temporary annoyance one associates with all changes in a standard, but because I couldn't see a way for Apple to make the move without creating an ongoing *persistently* negative experience for their users. Even if they included every adapter known to man with each phone (not usually their style), you just create another annoying little intermediary thing that you'll always have to keep track of with no truly compelling benefit as a result. However, there is one way I can imagine justifying the change from a product design perspective – and that is to simply give away the lightning port technology and make it an open standard that any electronics maker could use without royalty. Then, you can justifiably say that this is a decision not made for form factor or for internal real estate, but to actually make the iPhone better. You simply include a pair of lightning headphones and declare analog audio dead. You say – sure, you can buy an analog adapter if you want to, but once you experience the difference you get out of going straight digital, you won't want to. Instead you will demand that all of your audio equipment is digital, and that all headphone makers, and home audio electronic manufacturers of all kinds adapt or die. Of course, this kind of market-wide shift would only be possible if the new standard is openly available to everyone. Otherwise, no one wants to buy expensive headphones that are only good on a single device. If it's an open standard, there's no reason that it couldn't take over completely - and then people could use the analog adapter IF they wanted to still plug into their old walkman. With all that said, I don't see Apple doing something like this. It doesn't seem like their style. But if they don't, I just don't see a way for them to get the user to come out on top. I am certainly hoping they have a compelling answer, but at this point I really can't imagine what it is.