Analysts suggested this week that 2018 iPhones of all sorts might well do away with in-box dongles.
That means no more headphone jack at all for the average user – not unless they want to pay extra for said dongle purchased separately.
This would be the first time Apple released an iPhone with no in-box access to a headphone jack since the dawn of the iPhone.
Information comes from Cowen analyst Matthew D. Ramsay via Apple Insider, who in turn suggests that Apple supplier Cirrus Logic “all but confirms that Apple will not bundle the DAC headset converter ‘dongle’ in its new iPhone models.” It’s assumed that the iPhone X and other models already on the market will continue to ship with said dongles if they launched with the dongle when first revealed.
This is not the first time this removal was predicted this year.
Cirrus makes the DAC chips utilized by the Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone jack adapter boxed with current iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus models.