Back in 2016, when Apple axed the 3.5mm audio port from its then-new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the decision was criticised by the industry and users alike, despite the company calling it a ‘courageous’ move. Thankfully, Apple did include a Lightning to 3.5mm audio adapter (or dongle) in the box with the two smartphones, as well as all their successors (iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X) to make things a little easier. With the new iPhones now official, that is no longer the case.
Now, if you want to be able to use your existing wired headphones/IEMs with the above-listed smartphones, you’ll have to separately purchase the dongle for $9.
Considering that the new iPhones are insanely-expensive despite offering almost nothing that the competition hasn’t already had for quite a few years, Apple’s decision to take the Lightning to 3.5mm adapter off the list of the box contents of the new iPhones is extremely disappointing.
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That said, the people who already have their wallets ready for a new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR, aren’t going to mind shelling out an extra $9 for a dongle anyway, so it’s all good.
Apple launched its 2018 iPhone line-up just hours ago, in an event at its headquarters in California. Along with the smartphones, the Cupertino-based technology major also launched Apple Watch Series 4, which comes with ECG support.