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Headphone adapters not included with Apple’s new iPhones

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Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow, the Founder / Editor at Porta-Fi™, is a recipient of the IT Youth Award in Singapore. Twice nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Beng Yeow has previously founded startups such as, Coded Pixels Consultants and was a Tech writer for TODAY, a national daily newspaper under MediaCorp. Since 2017, he has been writing, editing and producing commentaries, interviews, news and reviews on Porta-Fi™. In 2019, Beng Yeow was appointed Advisor to LHDC™, the industry's latest low latency and high-definition Bluetooth audio codec.

Apple Headphone Adapter

It has been 2 years since Apple announced that the iPhone 7 would arrive sans the 3.5mm jack in 2016. With the lightning-to-3.5m adapter missing as a standard accessory in the newly announced iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, it sure looks like it is the end of a transition period.

What does this mean? This means that one would have either use a pair of headphones with a lightning connector or a pair of Bluetooth headphones. For those who want to continue using their wired headphones terminated with 3.5mm connectors can opt to purchase the USD 9 lightning-to-3.5m adapter or opt for third-party offerings such as the FiiO Q1 Mark 2 and Audirect Beam for DAC/Amp options or the FiiO μBTR Bluetooth headphone amplifier, all of which we reviewed earlier as solutions for “jack-less” smartphones.

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