Belkin’s new audio cable lets iPhone users skip the dongle

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Belkin's new 3.5mm to Lightning audio cable is what dreams are made of.
Photo: Belkin

iPhone owners, get ready to ditch your dongles.

Belkin revealed today that it’s finally making an audio cable to will allow iPhone users to plug into 3.5mm stereo jacks without using a Lightning adapter.

Apple began to ditch the 3.5 mm audio port with the introduction of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, both of which only feature a Lightning port. Both the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X have carried on the tradition despite negative outcry from fans.

Pre-orders for Belkin’s new 3.5 mm audio cables with Lightning connector went on sale this morning. Pricing starts at $29.99 for the 3-foot cable or $34.99 for a six-foot version.

Until now, the only way to connect the iPhone X to car stereos or home speakers with a cable was with Apple’s $9 dongle. The company reportedly no longer plans to offer the dongle for free on the 2018 iPhones though like it has the last two years.

Hopefully, more audio companies follow Belkin’s lead and make more Lightning audio cables so that the dongle stays dead forever.