2018 iPhones may not come with headphone dongle

iPhone X EarPods

Earlier this year, we caught sight of a Barclays report claiming that Apple was going to stop stuffing a headphone jack adapter with the 2018 iPhones. The firm is back with another report claiming the same, now with more proof.

According to Barclay’s new research note, Cirrus Logic has confirmed the “dongle loss.” The company supplies Apple with the Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter, so it stands to lose a bit of revenue. Customers stand to lose a bit of money too since they might have to pay $9 to get the accessory.

iPhone Dongle History

To recall, Apple began bundling the little adapter with the iPhone 7 when it removed the 3.5mm headphone jack. It continued this practice in 2017 with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. It increasingly looks like these days of free dongles is coming to an end in 2018.

Folks will just have to use the included Lightning EarPods or pay $9 for the dongle. As reported by MacRumors, the adapter is apparently the second-best selling Apple product being sold at Best Buy, so there are plenty of people already shelling out cash for it.

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Still, dropping the dongle will likely piss off consumers who don’t want to switch to wireless headphones like the AirPods or pay extra for something which they would have gotten for free before. It’s uncertain if even the older iPhone 7/iPhone 8/iPhone X will do away with the adapter.

In related news, Apple is reportedly going to remove the headphone jack from the next set of iPads as well. It may not include a dongle here either. Whatever the brand decides, it’s going to be impossible to charge the iPhone/iPad and listen to music at the same time, unless you have a wireless charger handy.