According to Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis, the 2018 iPhones won’t include the Lightning to 3.5mm adapter in the box. This would affect the Cirrus Logic which is the primary supplier of audio-related components inside of the adapter for Apple.
Barclays’ analysts are just speculating that the adapter won’t be present in the box. They have mentioned in their notes that it may take until May or June to find out for certain. As of now, they have also lowered its quarterly and yearly revenue guidance for the company by up to five percent. This might change in the future as things become clear.
Last year, Barclays did predict that Apple would continue to include the adapter in the box alongside the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. The analysts regularly visit with Apple’s supply chain partners in Asia to gather information like this.
“We believe it stays this year but goes away at some point, potentially in the 2018 model,” the analysts said back in April 2017.
It was a controversial decision by Apple to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in 2016. The adapter was a solution for the users who wanted to use their wired headphones with their devices. The adapter was like a temporary accessory to help people move towards the wireless headphones.
Removal of the adapter isn’t a big surprise as Apple is developing new Airpods. The new airpods might debut later this year or in early 2019. They are supposed to have more features like responding to “Hey Siri!”. A new variant of Airpods being developed for 2019 are going to be sweatproof so that users could wear them while working out. Apple might be removing the bundled jack to promote these new Airpods.
The adapter will be sold by Apple as an additional accessory for $9. It isn’t that cheap but the customers who prefer their wired headphones might prefer it over the much expensive wireless headphones. Still, it isn’t clear whether the adapter is removed from the iPhone box this year or at a later time.