New iPhones will no longer have the Lightning-to-jack adapter included in the box

New iPhones will no longer have the Lightning-to-jack adapter included in the box
A couple of years ago, Apple declared war on the 3.5 mm headphone jack. An outdated connector, the company said, which only holds us back from the digital, wireless future. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus of 2016 were released with absolutely no headphone jack on board, which angered quite a lot of people. Now, Apple did make a Lightning-to-jack adapter dongle, which was included in the box with each new phone. And, if you wanted to add some more of those to your collection, making sure you always had one handy — the Apple Store sells them for $9 apiece.

So, it's an outdated connector, but we'll still sell it for $9.

Now, since the new iPhones were announced yesterday some were knocked off the roster — that's the way the cookie crumbles. Right now, the Apple Store has the iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone XR, and iPhone XS. The iPhone 6s — the last model to have the 3.5 mm headphone jack — is dead and gone.

Driving the point home even further, Apple has decided to stop including the Lightning-to-jack dongle with its new iPhones. And no, not just the new models that were just announced — any new iPhone you go to buy from the Apple Store. This includes the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.

But still, if you insist on using this archaic connector with a pair of dusty old wired headphones (you can probably find them in a museum) — you can still buy a dongle for $9 from the Apple Store. Those haven't been discontinued.

FEATURED VIDEO

29 Comments

1. cocoy

Posts: 455; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

It's a revenue source for some companies selling it and royalty revenue for Apple that's why it make sense for them not to include it in the box when you buy one.

25. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

The only reason they put it in there is so peopl could transfer without one smoothly. That tome has passed. I still have mine in the box. At some point these old hookups have to go buy buy just like everything else. The future is in battery technology

29. fatTony

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

How else do you expect them to become a $2 trillion company?

2. cocoy

Posts: 455; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

It's a revenue source for some companies selling it and royalty revenue for Apple that's why it make sense for them not to include it in the box when you buy one.

3. notfair

Posts: 720; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

"But still, if you insist on using this archaic connector with a pair of dusty old wired headphones (you can probably find them in a museum) — you can still buy a dongle for $9 from the Apple Store. Those haven't been discontinued." --- shame on you for this last phrase.

23. Brewski

Posts: 672; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I could be wrong, but I *think* it's sarcasm...

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1036; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

You mean the same archaic connector that allows for the best audio quality? Leave to apple to not only raise prices on devices, but then expect users to pay even more for an accesory provided by other manufacturers in box. Same with their fast charging cable and adapter. And people wonder how Apple managed to be the first to $1 trillion in the US... This is how

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Pay for privaleges others get included for free? Got to wonder if a subscription is needed to use them beyond a month at a time, if not they just haven't implemented that idea yet.

6. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1036; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I mean Apple was pushing for developers to switch apps to a subscription based model, won't be long before they do the same for their own services like iMessage and Facetime. Maybe they'll follow Verizon's Cloud structure of Free Contact back up or $5/month for 500GB storage for everything else

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Likely that's how Apple will get carriers to ignore RCS, with a subscription based service that makes carrier money at same time. They've never done anything for the greater good but greater revenue is a constant.

7. evan79

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

you pay a fortune tu buy this phone and you still have to pay for this pièce, poor Isheep how blind you are

10. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Hey it is users(sheeple) fault, if they stop buy into Apple scheme then she will be aware price sensor.

11. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Hey it is users(sheeple) fault, if they stop buy into Apple scheme then she will be aware price sensor.

13. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

The point is to make you go out of your way to use a technology they don't want to support. Ports and dongles don't mix well with IP ratings and trying to shrink everything. The actual Apple mugging comes in the form of over-priced Airpods.

15. sissy246

Posts: 7078; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

WOW!! That is once again a cheap shot by Apple. That damn thing probably cost Apple. 0.50 to make and they can't even put it in the box.

16. Tipus

Posts: 850; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Cheap shot by Apple, but even worst is that PA defends this greedy move :)

26. sissy246

Posts: 7078; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

True, I do t get how anyone can defend them on this.

17. phonedroid

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 15, 2017

This is not apple only the next google pixel will not include the adapter either.

18. gjkiii

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 25, 2013

I like Apple but they are the true definition of corporate greed

19. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

If Apple truly wanted to get rid of the headphone jack, then they should sell all their Beats headphones without wires. Yet the vast majority of Beats headphone models still have a jack.

22. irossdrummer

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

pretty sure they have lightning jacks now to use on their phones

20. japkoslav

Posts: 1499; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Ok, will they include decent BT support instead?

21. irossdrummer

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

can't complain, Samsung stopped giving micro usb adapters, they all slowly will stop giving adapters to give time to adjust to the new stuff

24. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1036; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

That's because USB-C is readily available everywhere. They also still have an AUX jack. Comparing changing charging ports to removing a universally used port isn't a great comparison

31. irossdrummer

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

yeah that's true, trying to stay open minded but that is totally true

27. antroid

Posts: 387; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

What a greedy company, 9$ (I bet it's even cost them even less because they are buying them in higher quantities) for a stupid dongle. Users already pay more than 750$ for their devices they could include it in the box.

28. ShadowUnleashed

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 08, 2018

"But still, if you insist on using this archaic connector with a pair of dusty old wired headphones (you can probably find them in a museum)" I'll keep using the "archaic" connector, yes, as I don't wanna have to worry about charging another device just to listen to music when I can just plug-in my headphones through the audio jack.

30. Akraw

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

let me defend the apple, by not providing the dongle they are pushing you to use Bluetooth headphones

32. japkoslav

Posts: 1499; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Pushing with the worst BT support?

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.