Apple’s 2018 iPhones are rumored to not include headphone dongle in the box

We all knew this day would come eventually, but apparently 2018
is the year: Apple will reportedly no longer bundle its
3.5mm to Lightning port
headphone dongle
with this year’s iPhone models, according
to a research note from Barclays
that was seen by MacRumors

And while you can take Barclays’ note with a grain of salt, the
sourcing does seem at least somewhat legitimate. The research
note claims that Cirrus Logic, a supplier for the dongle has
“confirmed” that it won’t be included in the box alongside the
new iPhones.

The wireless era could be fast approaching

Apple has been trying to transition away from wired headphones
entirely with its AirPods and lineup of wireless Beats
headphones, so the move isn’t entirely surprising. The dongle
was always meant as a stopgap while customers adjusted to the
new, headphone jack-less reality that Apple imposed on the
world. Apple will almost certainly continue to sell the dongle
— which costs $9 — separately for users who still want it.

But if the report is true (which, again, remains to be seen),
it’s hard to imagine that customers will take the news well.
And considering the already low price of the dongle, one has to
wonder: is this really worth the savings?

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