Apple’s removal of the headphone jack is likely going to be one of those conversations that will never die. To ease the pain of the removal, Apple has included a Lightning to AUX dongle so you could still use wired headphones. According to MacRumors, there is mounting evidence supporting the idea Apple may no longer bundle that dongle with new iPhones.
That doesn’t mean you can’t buy the dongle. MacRumors states that the Lightning to AUX adapter is Best Buy’s second-best selling Apple product in terms of units sold. Perhaps this is why Apple is removing it from future products. Why include an item for free when you have the opportunity to make even more profit from it. The adapter is currently being sold for $9USD.
Cirrus Logic, a supplier for the adapter, has apparently “confirmed” that the dongle won’t be bundled with Apple’s widely rumored trio of new iPhones expected next month, according to a Barclays research note.
Barclays already anticipated this would be the case earlier this year.
“Reported a beat but gave mixed guidance with revenue below but earnings ahead. Cirrus didn’t update its FY19 guide… but they did finally confirm the dongle loss, adding more support for our below estimates,” the research note reads.
It’s clear that Apple is shooting for a wire-free customer experience even if the customer doesn’t necessarily want to be fully wire-free. While I don’t mind being wire-free, I can understand those who still would like the dongle included with their phone. It will be interesting to see if Apple actually goes through with this. It’s sure to cause a squall should it happen.Source: MacRumors