It’s looking like this is the year Apple will stop including the Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter with new iPhones. That’s the word from Cirrus Logic, the company that makes parts for the audio adapter.
Apple removed the headphone jack starting with the iPhone 7, but knowing not everyone uses wireless headphones added in the Lighting to 3.5 mm adapter. It’s also available as a US$9 purchase.
The change led to complaints that are still ongoing even though Apple has included the adapter with every iPhone model since the change was introduced. Those complaints could get louder because Apple is rumored to be dropping the headphone jack from the next iPad refresh.
Details tucked away in iOS 12 developer beta 5 show a new iPad model that has thinner bezels, no Home button, and includes Face ID support. Presumably that’s a new iPad Pro, and it’ll be the first of Apple’s tablets to ditch the headphone jack.
Apple is expected to introduce new iPhone models—sans headphone adapter—in September.