Report Says this is the Year Apple Stops Including the Lighting Headphone Adapter with iPhones

Apple Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter

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 Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter
Apple reportedly dropping Lighting headphone adapter from new iPhones

A Barclays investor report notes the change, according to the Independent. Apple, of course, hasn’t confirmed the report and isn’t talking about the features we’ll see in the next iPhone refresh.

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.

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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.

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I used the one that came with my iPhone 7 with my in-car cassette audio adapter. Now I use a Bluetooth speaker instead.
I bought a spare last year but I still haven’t opened up the box.

If it wasn’t included with my next iPhone I wouldn’t miss it and I would know where to get one if I found I needed it.