It looks like iPhone users will soon live in a dongle-less future. Or, at least a future in which audio jack dongles are no longer free.
A Barclays research note viewed by MacRumors says that the new 2018 iPhones will no longer come with the lightning port-to-headphone jack adapter. The maker of the dongle, Cirrus Logic, apparently confirmed the change to Barclays.
“Cirrus didn’t update its FY19 guideâ¦ but they did finally confirm the dongle loss, adding more support for our below estimates,” the Barclays note reads.Â
Apple introduced the dongle alongside the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in 2016. That was the year it classified doing away with an audio jack an act of “courage,” in an attempt to move toward a wireless future (and sell more expensive Bluetooth headphones).
But the dongle has been a much-bemoaned source of ire and annoyance for users. Only allowing one port for the phone to charge, listen to music, or connect to anything (like a car) has led to total dongle dependence â which is rough for a piece of equipment the size of my pinky finger.
The wireless future is coming, but it’s not here yet. That means that people will now likely shell out the $9 required to continue living in dongle land, whether they want to or not.Â