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Headphone adapters not included with Apple’s new iPhones

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.

Goh Beng Yeow
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 PDALive.com, 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.

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