iPhone 8 could be last to include headphone jack adapter


Apple should include free AirPods instead.
Photo: Ste Smith

Apple’s mission to kill the use of headphone jacks on the iPhone may be completed by 2018, according to a new report from Barclays.

In a note to investors today, the research bank says the three new iPhone models Apple introduces this year will all come with a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, but this could be the last time buyers get a free dongle.

“We believe it stays this year but goes away at some point, potentially in the 2018 model,” said Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis, in a research note obtained by MacRumors.

Apple made the controversial decision to remove the headphone jack last year on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Owners now have to use a dongle in order to charge the device and listen to music over an auxiliary cable at the same time. Apple introduced its new wireless AirPods as a way around the headphone jack, but they’re much more expensive than traditional EarPods.

A previous rumor claimed that Apple will ditch the dongle in this year’s iPhone packaging, so take Barclay’s note with a pinch of salt for now. Even if Apple does stop including dongles, you can currently buy one separately for $9.

  • RusNoob

    Quite pity. As well as a bunch of other fellow developers I basically completed moving away from Apple ecosystem and oh God – this is pain in the neck. Unfortunately – the overwhelming amount of “courage” presented recently (USB-C only Macs, no jacks in iphones – that means the only port where plug is rotating with cable preventing damages and lasting for years) and uncertainty what Apple’s new great idea will be (no ESC in the new Macbook Pro leaves 80% of the developers using Vim straight in hell) – forces thousands to leave the Apple comfort zone.
    It’s a shame, Linux will never be even remotely close to it and Windows is already dead gaming/Facebook-browsing/Office OS.
    Huge step backwards, I would say – decade backwards but hopefully necessary to reset of the semi-pro consumer market.
    Nobody sane will buy total BS about headphone jack – we all know that Apple is dominating bluetooth headsets segment and whole courage/waterproof/convenience thing is a smoke screen for low-educated consumers prefering to have 2 digital/analog converters plugged to their skulls as those airpods.