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Apple Ditches Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Adapter for iPhone Xs, iPhone Xr and More

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Starting with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple abandoned the headphone jack in their iPhones. To compensate for the loss, Apple included a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter in the box. This was available for the iPhone 7, iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

Fast forward to 2018, it now appears Apple will no longer supply the included Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter for the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xr, iPhone 7/7 Plus and iPhone 8/8 Plus.

Under “Tech Specs” for each iPhone, the “In the Box” description no longer details the inclusion of a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter.

iPhone Xs:

Iphone xs max what s in the box

iPhone Xr:

Iphone xr what s in the box

iPhone 7:

Iphone 8 what s in the box

iPhone 8:

Iphone 8 box

Looking at old iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 product pages with Wayback Machine does list a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter on Apple’s website.

The lack of an included adapter means any 3.5mm headphones you own will not work with an iPhone 7 or newer. Apple most likely wants you to purchase AirPods instead or use a pair of wireless Beats headphones. Or buy the Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter on its own for $10 CAD (“courage”, indeed).

What do you think—is two years enough for us to move to wireless headphones?

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