Analyst says Apple will leave the headphone adapter out of the box for the 2018 iPhone models

As you might have figured out by now, every securities house and bank that buys and sells stock, whether for themselves or for clients, has an analyst that is focused on Apple. That isn't surprising considering that the company is the most valuable publicly traded firm in the world. Today, Barclay's Blayne Curtis wrote a note to clients stating that he doesn't expect Apple to include a Lighting to 3.5mm headphone jack dongle in the box with the 2018 iPhone models. ""We currently model no dongle this year," the analyst said in his note.

Last year, Barclays correctly predicted that Apple would include the accessory with the Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. However, the analyst's prediction for the 2018 models is not definitive; the note says that they might not know for sure that the dongle won't be included this year until May or June. If this report proves true, those purchasing any of the 2018 iPhone models can always spring for the $9 it would cost them to buy the Lighting to 3.5mm headphone jack dongle as a stand-alone accessory.

While Apple is thought of as the first company to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on its smartphones, the first handsets released sans the jack were actually the LeEco Le 2, Le 2Pro and Le Max2. In addition, the Motorola Z Force also was unveiled without the headphone jack prior to the introduction of the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Those two phones were the first from Apple not to sport the 3.5mm port.

Top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities expects Apple to unveil three phones in September. The Apple iPhone Xs will be a sequel to the tenth anniversary model and will feature a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED display. The Apple iPhone Xs Plus will carry a massive 6.5-inch edge-to-edge OLED panel, and the Apple iPhone 9 will sport a 6.1-inch edge-to-edge LCD screen. It will feature Face ID and a TrueDepth Camera like the other two units, but will be equipped with a single camera on back and will not come with 3D Touch. That's because Apple will reportedly place a thin film sensor layer over the display which will prevent 3D Touch from working. Supposedly, this will make the iPhone 9 lighter and more durable even though it adds a little to the thickness of the device.

source: MacRumors

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46 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I don't hate this decision but at the same time, I don't like it. At least there's lighting EarPods included, which I wish some of these other OEMs would do too.

29. fyah_king unregistered

EarPods is trash!!!! I hate that damn thing.

31. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Libra89 those other OEMs put something much better on their smartphones. It's called a USB-C port. Which can support more devices. Has a much higher data throughput. Can support a much higher current. Not to mention there is already a number of USB-C headphones out there, and they offer better sound than Apples lightning Earpods. Oh, you can even use USB-C headphones on Apple's Mac's. Libra89 you should be asking when is Apple going to drop their proprietary lightning crap. Because it cannot do half of what USB-C can do.

35. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Classic sgodsell. The guy could fill a

38. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well is USB-C not superior to Apples lightning? Royal if you think Apples proprietary lightning is so great, then your an idiot.

2. Godlymansean

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Poor choice.

3. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

They have to use usb-C port for next iPhones

32. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

I hope they do. The entire industry needs to switch over asap. I already have several USBC cables for my MacBook.

4. AustinPaul

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Of course they will

5. midan

Posts: 3019; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Sound over lightning port sounds better, i tested lighting earpods and 3.5mm jack earpods with my iPad and results were lightning offers clealer more crisp and lively sound.

10. izim1

Posts: 1600; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Lol ok. Sure.

11. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

Wireless is way more convenient. I got beats x they look and sound better than airpod or earpod, you should try them.

21. japkoslav

Posts: 1520; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

You know, there are like thousands of better headphones than some trash like Apple or Beat offer. Not to mention Apple does not support any HD wireless codec.

12. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Of course it does :)))

40. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Look at the source: Midan It 100% legit obviously

18. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Oh for god sake, you're being ridiculous now. Let's be honest here, you're an Apple.... let's say "loyalist", so when you "test" the 3.5mm jack and the lightning port, there is no doubt in my mind that you would perceive the lightning port as better, even though it isn't, as placebo will probably make that happen based on your bias. There is no real difference in the sound between the lightning port and the 3.5mm jack, especially not one that you would be able to hear with your ears, especially not while using cheap and low-quality earbuds. This is simply ridiculous and shows your complete devotion to Apple, where you immediatly jump to their defence, regardless of what they do. It's ridiculous to not leave in an adapter, when you don't have a 3.5mm jack port.

6. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Analysts say the darnedest things....

7. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Apple FLAGSHIP after that.be like " we will drop the charger and the manual as well" buy your own!!!

13. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

Who need phone manual?

28. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Well they didn't include a fast charger, that is still extra.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Hahaha

9. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Planned obsolescence at work. Keep find way to sqeeze money out feom true fan.

15. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

Wireless is clearly a future and almost every company is following them. Also i think apple device will work for more number of years compared to any orher company in software and hardware terms.

41. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It is the future, but it's not the present. Until it's a better solution than wired, it shouldn't be pushed on consumers. Apple devices don't "work" longer.

27. Man_Utd

Posts: 188; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Couldn't agree more

14. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

iZombies will defend this greedy move anyway :)

16. izim1

Posts: 1600; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

There isnt anything that can beat the minijack in quality but even so, i dont really mind the digital revolution, i get that the less hardware you can put on a phone, the cheaper and easier it is to manufacture, plus less things to break. My problem is with proprietary tech. Just use what has already been decided to be the "standard" by everyone, and stop trying to milk your customers. It's not as if Apple doesnt use usb ports in their products.

17. midan

Posts: 3019; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"There isnt anything that can beat the minijack in quality but even so" There is already, it's called lightning and USB type C too.

19. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Oh really? Please provide me with something that proves that the 3.5mm jack is going to be inferior in sound quality to such an extent that humans would actually be able to pick up on it. You still have to transfer the signals through analog means, as that is how speakers work, and whether the connection is through the USB C, lightning or 3.5mm jack, it's not really going to change the quality in any significant way.

25. izim1

Posts: 1600; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Maybe he has robotic ears and can hear in digital, as opposed to analog like normal human beings?

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