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Apple to ditch headphone jack adapter in 2018 iPhones

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2018’s set of iPhones is set to be vastly different from the 2017 family in more ways than one. Now a new report has come out with some one more distinction – Apple might stop bundling the Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter in the box.

Dialing the clock back a bit, Apple began including the Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter with the iPhone 7 since it had taken away the 3.5mm headphone jack. Customers begrudgingly accepted the compromise since they wouldn’t have to pay extra to connect their regular headphones.

This era may be coming to an end this year, at least according to Barclays analysts. They usually visit Apple’s supply chain partners in Asia to get the inside scoop on the company’s plans. However, they admit that it might be a bit early to tell and a more concrete picture will arrive by May or June.

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Barclays had previously predicted that the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X would feature the adapter in the box, so it might be right about this year’s iPhones as well. This may just trigger a storm of controversy though, as customers won’t be happy about having to shell out $9 for something people have been getting for free for the past 2 years.

Perhaps Apple included the adapter as a temporary measure and doesn’t think it’s needed anymore now that AirPods and other wireless options have flooded the marketplace. The company will probably bundle the same Lightning EarPods as before and not the AirPods as many people have hoped.