Analyst: Apple to stop bundling a Lightning to 3.5 mm adapter with iPhones

Peter, 02 May 2018

Apple didn’t kill the 3.5 mm headphone jack, it just moved it to an adapter. Now an analyst at Barclays believes that Cupertino will drive the final nail the coffin this year – the new iPhone models will not come bundled with a Lightning-to-3.5 mm adapters.

That’s not a new conclusion, in April last year Barclays suggested that this move probably won’t happen in 2017 but “potentially” in 2018. The analysts also lowered the yearly revenue guidance for Cirrus Logic by 5%. While the components are unlabeled, the DAC chips are believed to be the work of Cirrus.

Analyst: Apple will no longer bundle a Lightning to 3.5 mm adapter Inside the Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter (photo by iFixit)

It should have been pretty clear that the adapter was a stopgap measure – a couple of years to allow consumers to move to Bluetooth headphones (or wired Lightning headphones, but who would do that?).

Apple would likely continue to sell the adapters separately (currently one goes for $9)



Reader comments

  • Eske Rahn
  • 08 May 2018
  • s0A

It is a very unfortunate logic. It reminds me of those that did not care about the Nazis attacking the Jews, by the 'logic' of "I'm not a Jew so why should I care?" Whenever we see a bad development in a market, that have a risk of spreading (he...

  • Eske Rahn
  • 08 May 2018
  • s0A

Unfortunately it is worse than that. Other companies see that aPple can get away with cheating the costumers (like the planned obsolescence of preventing the user from easily replacing the battery) without being hammered for it. Then they try to be e...

  • Anonymous
  • 07 May 2018
  • 07H

Apple should just kill the iphone instead.

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