Video of iPhone Lightning to 3.5mm headphone adapter leaks

Video of iPhone Lightning to 3.5mm headphone adapter leaks
At this point, there have been enough rumors about this year's iPhone dropping its 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of either Lightning-connected headphones or wireless headphones that it is most likely true. Now we're getting the best look yet at what could be an official Apple Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter for the iPhone.

The video comes from Vietnam, which is not a common source for a leak like this, but the leaker claims the adapter comes directly from a Foxconn affiliate, and Foxconn is a company that has deep ties with Apple. The adapter itself looks simple enough and what you might expect. In fact, it looks quite a bit like the adapter that comes in the box with the new Moto Z, except in the usual Appe white and obviously with a Lightning plug rather than USB-C. 

Interestingly, the leaker shows that the adapter will only work with iOS devices that are running iOS 10 and not older versions of the platform. It's not terribly surprising that Apple would require a software unlock to get an accessory working, but it's not something we had considered before. 

Whether or not this is the real deal, it seems inevitable at this point that this year's iPhone will not include a 3.5mm headphone jack. That said, we still hold out hope that Apple will include this adapter in the box. We'll have to wait and see though. 


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36 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Apple made the best adapters.

11. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Yep this cable looks like an engineering marvel.

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yes. Apple innovation at work.

26. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Another way to ripoff thier fans, dumbass idiots will still be buying this.

2. nameless

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

Why apple tries to going back to the past like this? Is there any merit to exclude the 3.5mm jack?

5. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

According to some idiot designer, thinner is better, regardless of the trade-offs.

6. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

I thought moto Z did the same, why only blame Apple?

7. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'm not bashing Apple, I'm bashing that stupid designer of theirs. Also, I also dislike what they did with the Moto Z, but the great mods make up for it.

8. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Cause here's Apple article??

15. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

Almost no one cares about motorola anymore

19. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

The problem is that all follow apple the mighty. Otherwise this looks like going back to 2006... But on the other hand.. retro is cool now. Wonder if theyre gonna bash the wifi too, maybe go back to wired internet? Maybe aaa batteries?

22. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I really doubt it in this case, especially since removing the mini jack also brings other things into question, in 2017 Apple needs to supply a lightning to USB adapter last I checked, if not they need to already due to the whole universal charger thing, so with this, how are you going to listen to audio when charging? The mini jack is a high quality analog plug with additional features. I really can't see people removing mini jack and going thinner, I don't think Apple is going to get away with it honestly, I know several devoted Apple people that are against removing the mini jack. That simply won't upgrade if it is removed. Might end up with a consumer backlash similar to Galaxy S6's lacking microSD. Course.....it is Apple, and they've gotten away with an astounding amount of stuff they've done towards their consumers, maybe people will let them get away with it again?

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I can see this happening...or Bluetooth earpods of some sort.

4. JustinF1998

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 01, 2016

I still hope this no headphone jack thing is a hoax.

9. Papa_Ji

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Next apple is going to ditch internal battery... A external battery pack will be available to power the phone.

14. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

LMAO!

10. iDing-Dong unregistered

Will it cost me $99.99 for this adapter?

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its the best. Of course its going to be expensive.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right.. its gonna have iHear feature, and iDAC capability..

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Where are all those regular Apple defender? How come they are not excited on this new Apple magical innovation. Mxy where are you?

13. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

wtf are u serious lol

17. No_Sammy_No_Gimmicks

Posts: 147; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Since Apple launched the Lightning port, iPhone has been able to output audio via the port and 3.5mm port. This is obviously a waste of resources (read: space), since u need two controllers, a separate one for the 3.5mm and for the lightning port. As phones get more powerful, u need all the space that is available to cram new hardware. Where should Apple put the new driver for the extra speaker? Where should Apple find space to but extra battery? And where should Apple find space for wireless charging controllers? If Apple offers stereo audio, who wants to bet that Samsung will not do the same? They will also remove the headphone jack to make space.

18. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Ohhhh you mean like the ipen, multiwindow, amoled screens, curved screens etc..... don't start with that, it goes both ways.....

20. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

That is disgusting - taking us 10 years backwards. I used to love Sony Ericsson phones back in the day - but BY FAR the most infuriating feature was that single fast-port that forced you to use an adapter for 3.5mm or buy overpriced Sony Ericsson headphones. This is a totally wrong move Apple - this is the kind of douchebag business approach that saw Sony Ericsson fall apart!

21. Oğuzhan_77

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

iDiots: oooooohahahha this technology is great , iphone is great . Me: wtf!!

27. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

When Apple decides to do something, all the others will follow. This is the end of headphone jack. This remembers me how Apple killed flash on phones.

28. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Still available on Firefox. 3.5mm is universal standard. You and Apple are odd ones out. No one wants to follow an evil empire.

29. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

ReportReply 67. Amroze (Posts: 433; Member since: 04 Jul 2016) The real question is; when will Apple stop copying everyone else? Apple copied LG's Prada phone. Apple copied JEFF HAN's touch technology. Apple copied Samsung's smaller tablet size. Apple copied Samsung Galaxy S and Note sizes. Apple copied Samsung's F700. Apple copied Samsung's one handed mode. Apple copied Samsung's split screen. Apple copied Samsung's Air Command radial menu. Apple copied Samsung's pop up video player, aka PiP. Apple copied pull down menus. Apple copied Cisco's iPhone name. Apple copied the iPad name. Apple copied 3D Touch. Apple copied Samsung's Live Photos. Apple copied Google Wallet and Samsung Paypal. Apple copied InCase's folding cover design. Apple copied Samsung's power button location for the iPhone 6. Apple copied Sony's store. Apple copied Kane Kramer's iPod design. Apple copied Samsung with Wifi Assist. Apple copied Mirror World's cover flow idea. Apple copied Creative's mp3 interface. Apple copied Creative's and Bang & Olufsen's click wheel. Apple copied Samsung's ultra power saving mode. Apple copied Samsung's stylus. Apple copied NFC features. Apple copied many of Braun's designs, like the pocket radio. Apple copied Motorola's fingerprint reader. Apple copied Samsung's pull down settings toggle. Apple copied many of google's UI and gesture elements for iOS. Apple copied Google's maps. Apple copied Blackberry messages. Apple copied Blackberry's gestures. Apple copied going into camera mode from the lock screen. Apple copied cloud storage services. Apple copied the ability to send audio and video over chat. Apple copied video chatting. Apple copied Windows phone's flat UI design. Apple copied multitasking.

30. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

*slow clap* how much time do you have on your hands?

33. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

The size of your post proves how sick are you. Go to a doctor and quickly.

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