Then join our Team! The move was controversial, but Apple reasoned that people were increasingly turning to wireless headphones and the headphone jack was an outdated technology.
For those resistant to the wireless audio revolution, the company bundled-in a free 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter, enabling folks to continue using wired headphones at a minor inconvenience. In addition, the Motorola Z Force also was unveiled without the headphone jack prior to the introduction of the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The introduction of Airpods a year ago further cemented Apple's stake in wireless audio, lending some credence to the Cupertino colossus discontinuing the adapter. Last year, Barclays correctly predicted that Apple would include the accessory with the Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.
Those who still want to use their wired headphones will have to fork over £9/$9 for the adapter. Killing off the Lightning adapter may, in Apple's view, spur some consumers to purchase new Lightning earpods or splurge on wireless Airpods. In 2018, the analysts predict, Apple is removing it from the box. That isn't surprising considering that the company is the most valuable publicly traded firm in the world. The adapter can still be purchased from Apple (or most retailers) for Dollars $9, which says a lot about the production costs.
Apple now offers the Lightning to 3.5mm Adapter directly from its site or at a local Apple Store for $9. While it's not flawless, the adapter's absence would surely leave a bruise on Apple's reputation if these predictions are true.