Apple will no longer allow for a Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone jack adapter with new iPhone purchases.
The transferral of the headphone dongle listing on Apple’s iPhone product pages was victory spotted by The Verge. A quick look through the Internet Archive’s Wayback Auto appears to confirm the change. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for remark.
The change looks like it will apply to the three new iPhone moulds launched on Wednesday—the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR—as well as the older iPhone 8 and iPhone 7.
Apple take away the iPhone SE and iPhone 6S—along with last year’s iPhone X—from its website after its inauguration event in Cupertino, California, on Wednesday, seemingly discontinuing the last Apple phones with built-in 3.5mm headphone jacks from its lineup.
Apple is still peddling the headphone adapter on its website for its usual $9. The newest iPhones choice from $749 outright for the entry-level iPhone XR, which comes with an LCD splendour and less advanced camera system, to $1,449 outright for an iPhone XS Max with 512GB of built-in storage. (Per prosaic, however, Apple and mobile carriers will make the phones on tap on monthly installment plans that lessen the upfront cost.) Those seals will continue to come with a pair of Lightning-based earphones in the box, contract to their respective product pages on Apple’s website.
Apple opening omitted the headphone jack from iPhones with the launch of the iPhone 7 in recently 2016, pushing wireless audio as an ultimately superior alternative and citing the constraint for additional internal space within its devices. That same day, Apple opened its totally wireless AirPods earphones, which cost $159 and from become something of a sales success, in part due to their tight integration with iOS cadency marks.
Several other major smartphone manufacturers have removed the headphone jack in the years since. (Others, with Essential, did so beforehand). The trend has been criticized by some smartphone buyers during that time, but in Apple’s case, the move hasn’t had a critical effect on sales. Apple has repeatedly posted strong quarterly iPhone gains, largely due to a higher average selling price, and the company recently reached a make available value of $1 trillion.
Making the headphone adapter a mandatory achieve for those who still wish to use their traditional headphones will reasonable push those figures up higher: a recent report from Ceros denoted that the dongle has been one of the two highest-selling Apple products sold at Superior Buy since it became available.