Report seconds previous rumor: No headphone dongle will come in the box with the 2018 iPhone models

Report seconds previous rumor: No headphone dongle will come in the box with the 2018 iPhone models
Back in April, a report from banking and securities house Barclays said that the 2018 Apple iPhone models would come without the Lighting to 3.5mm headphone jack dongle in the box. According to a new research report from Barclays, Cirrus Logic, the company that supplies the dongle, confirms that the accessory will not be packed in the box with the three new iPhone models that will most likely be unveiled next month. Barclays' research note, issued after Cirrus Logic reported its quarterly earnings, said "Cirrus didn't update its FY19 guide… but they did finally confirm the dongle loss, adding more support for our below estimates."

The dongle is currently included with the Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. But if you want the adapter to use on the brand new iPhone that you're planning to buy before the end of this year, you will probably have to go to the Apple Store and purchase it separately for $9. It is also offered for sale at Best Buy where it is the retailer's second largest selling Apple product.

If the report turns out to be true, we wonder why a company worth a trillion dollars would risk what could be a public relations disaster, and not include a $9 accessory inside the box of a phone costing anywhere between $700 and perhaps $1,400.

source: MacRumors

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1. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Tim Cook: "Only $25..... You're welcome Kiko da Kellyanne Conway of PA, piyath, apple-rulz, Alan F & Ray S"

6. tangbunna

Posts: 491; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

2019 iphone rumor to come without display screen LCD or Amoled , etc... all display will be using bluetooth contact lens display..

17. Y.S.L..

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 03, 2018

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2. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1278; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

They will say, "The reason is MORE COURAGE"... Saved 0.5$ by not including one, charging 20 times extra for that dongle as well. Win-win for apple.. But for their fans, it is a raw deal...

8. izim1

Posts: 1607; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

For ifans this is absolute perfection. Apple can do no wrong

3. Phullofphil

Posts: 1831; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I don’t really care if they don’t have them. I rarely use mine. I kind of see how people might care but at the same time it’s pretty cheap. It’s noit like they or anybody included a charger adapter when they moved to a new one. It’s not even a I don’t even like the charger that comes with the phone. No Move past this hurdle. It’s an old design that should have been changed years ago. At the same time change is hard to do.

9. izim1

Posts: 1607; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

"It’s an old design that should have been changed years ago." With what? Nothing beats the jack. Its not being replaced by better tech. Changing just for the sake of changing, is pretty stupid.

29. mrochester

Posts: 1037; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

It is being replaced by better tech; bluetooth.

34. JCASS889

Posts: 613; Member since: May 18, 2018

Bluetooth will never sound better than a wired connection

38. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

until we can hit bluetooth 10.0 with extremely high bandwidth, music will still come through bluetooth in a compressed format

49. Vokilam

Posts: 1380; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

It’s an ambilical cord that no one wants to give up. Haven’t used my 3.5 jack since Note 4. Useless.

54. epdm2be

Posts: 827; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

The world doesn't spin around you. I use my jack every day. To connect my phone to my car's stereo system. In case you have forgotten, handling a phone while driving is prohibited in many countries!

61. Vokilam

Posts: 1380; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Well I guess you shouldn’t buy an iPhone. My truck has USB and Bluetooth. I couldn’t care less for 3.5 jack. It’s my opinion. It does not agree with anyone else’s - and I don’t care.

25. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Well when you to the math, dropping the dongle isn't gonna make the price of the phone go down. So let's say it cost Apple $.25 for one of these. So not only will they gain $.25 into the margin, but when you consider over 500M+ people have an iPhone and 200M could buy these new models, that's 200M times $9.00. Looks like more cash grab and of course people are gonna but them. Even if only 5M people buy one, that's still a bunch of free money.

39. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

For once I agree with you 100%. But Tim Cook’s job is to make money for his company. Unfortunately this is very bad and sad for consumers. Also once Apple stops giving free dongles. Others are going to sell them for cheap using MFI program. Belkin has a costlier one but it is much better than this.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

If things keep going the way they are going then one day; iPhone's retail box will have a small string of text that reads: "Phone not included." I think we all should be thankful to Apple for selling iPhones with batteries and... A display. Oh well, G'Day!

5. handsomparis

Posts: 128; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

Lol I needed that laugh

7. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Lets see what comes in the box and what we actually use: 1. EarPods: Was never able to use them as they always kept falling down - Replaced them with Bose earphones. 2. Charging brick: Never used this since many years as it charges very slowly - Replaced with a 2A charger from Amazon. 3. Lightning cable: The most disgusting cables I used are the lightning cables which always break in a few months - Replaced with Anker 3 Feet MFI cable. Now Apple is removing the single most important thing which I use every single day more than the charger itself. Seriously the dongle is used by a lot of people who have good sets of earphones. I am an iPhone user who cannot come out of the eco system because I have a MacBook Pro which I love and the software in these devices just work amazingly well. But every time Tim Cooks takes a new decision to save a few cents for a trillion dollar company, I really wish Steve was alive.

26. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

But he isn't making a decision to save money. he is making a decision to make people spend more money for something that should be included considering what the phone is costing. if other OEM's can include premium headphones, adapters and a fast charger in the box, and sell the phone for less than Apple, namely Samsung where 80% of the phone is made with in-house components which is more costly than buying 3rd party like Apple; then you know its a ripoff.

30. mrochester

Posts: 1037; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Samsung don't include all of those things in the box out of the goodness of their hearts. They include them because they are trying to attract customers to buy their products. Products sell based on how much the market values them. Android phones tend to be valued a lot less than iPhones, hence they need to include these things in the box to attract buyers.

36. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Exactly. I wrote the exact same comment before reading yours :). I hope Android fans don't take your words in a wrong way. Although Android phones are very high quality and awesome, they are unfortunately valued a lot less than iPhones. They did this to themselves by offering high quality phones for very cheap few years back.

35. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Sorry friend. I do not agree with you on multiple things: - All Tim Cook has done is to save money for Apple. Better dongles with better features are sold outside. Once Apple stops providing dongles, Amazon basics (which is awesome) and others will start offering MFI dongles for very cheap. - You say Samsung's in-house components cost more money than 3rd party. WOW. It is common sense that in-house components cost way less than ordering them outside. - Android OEM's include premium accessories I their phones because they need to. Android users who spend almost $900 on their phones need to justify their purchase by getting all these other accessories. Think about it, when was the last time any high end Android phone was sold successfully without having additional free goodies.

11. notfair

Posts: 767; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

This is what it takes to make a trillion dollar company.

12. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

trollion company as it seems...by not including it...trolling their fans..

14. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

What’s a dongle? I never use it since my iphone 7. I bought AirPods and its changes everything. Perfect companion for every day music and calls.

16. iushnt

Posts: 3155; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Is AirPods any better than EarPods when it comes to audio quality? Just curious..

19. Y.S.L..

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 03, 2018

They are both crappy Buy AKG True Audiophile speakers Not trashy AP EP

31. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You have used neither.

32. Y.S.L..

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 03, 2018

My brother has them both Go to any hifi websites or what Hi-Fi, or tech sites, they are not good. Instrumental are soft bass is at 49Hz treble is soft mids are muddled. They can't even play 320 kbps let alone Sony. Hi Res audio. Forget about 900 lbs The iPod was another pos. There were 3x better mp3 Flac other format players better than this pos trash. A true Audiophile will never buy this jnk

45. darkkjedii

Posts: 31615; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

“My brother has them both”. Just like you have the 6, your sister has a 6S Plus, and your brother has a Sony, and you all switch up phones lol. I still remthat utter lie you told. You’re a joke bruh...the apple-rulz of camp android.

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