Apple Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack

One of the things that sets the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus apart from the rest of the iPhone lineup is the exclusion of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple is now requiring headphones to either go wireless or utilize the Lightning port.

To help make transitioning over to the Lightning port easier, all iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus units sold will come with a free Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter.

Of course, if you should ever need to buy a replacement, or if you want one for your current device(s) because your existing headphone jack is acting screwy, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Apple is making them easily available for just $9 from the company’s online store.

Apple notes in the product description that the Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter will require a device running iOS 10 or later to be used.

It’s unknown if this is a ploy to get people to update from iOS 9 whether they want to or not, or if the adapter truly won’t work with devices running iOS 9 or earlier. Because the adapter isn’t yet in stock, we will just have to wait for time to tell.

Despite clearly being made for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus specifically, it also works with the following devices:

  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPad with Retina display
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Pro (9.7-inch)
  • iPad Pro (12.9-inch)
  • iPod touch 6th Generation

For those who aren’t keen on using the Lightning port as an audio-out interface, Apple is also making wireless Bluetooth headphones more mainstream with the launch of AirPods, which are ingeniously-created wireless versions of Apple’s EarPods with extra tech built into them. But they won’t come cheap; Apple wants $159 for a pair.

With this economical little adapter, you can save yourself the trouble of expensive headphones and just keep using what you have been.

It’s currently unavailable, but we assume it will go live in the Apple Store at the same time as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus do.

  • Ds

    This has to be a miss printed price considering the 30pin to Lightning adapter is still $29 and $39 for the .2m 30pin to lightning cable adapter.

  • Should have just been five bucks.

  • It needs to be $5…

  • therealjjohnson

    I knew no matter how much it cost there were going to be people saying it should have cost less. Smh…

    • YaBoyLilMayo

      It should be free, apple is the only company that ignores what the customer wants and tries to force them to do what they want, they’re one of the most ass backwards companies of this generation

      • therealjjohnson

        It is free. One comes in the box. This is “replacement” time.

      • YaBoyLilMayo

        Yea I mean if should be free for everyone including people with older phones cuz apparently it doesn’t work on them unless they upgrade to ios 10, it should be free to replace for people with i7 who need new ones but regardless $9 is still a good price i guess

      • therealjjohnson

        It’s possible you might have mixed the details of the EarPods and the lightening to 3.5 adapter up. The adapter is just an adapter it will work with any phone from my understanding. The wireless air pods will only work with the iPhone 7.

      • Bill

        The wireless AirPods will work with other iPhones besides the 7. The lightning to 3.5MM adapter will also work with other devices, provided they are updated to iOS 10.

      • Are you saying it should just be free in general?? Youd only need the adaptors with new phones anyway.. They come with one in the box. Other than that you’d need it if you purchased the EarPods with the lightning connection.. I swear people make up stuff to complain about…

  • smtp25

    More importantly.. wirelss ear pods?? Don’t normal ear pods/buds fall out all the time but at least you have the cord not to loose them .. and at $159.. and probably can’t buy just one that could get pricey if you always loose the Left one

    • therealjjohnson

      The current ones only fall out when the cord it’s attached to is pulled or yanked. Usually by your clothing. I have an old pair of ear pods that I cut the wires on just to text out. They don’t move.

  • M_Hawke

    It is so “courageous” for them to sell this at “only” $9.

  • Christopher Sanchez

    Can someone please answer this:

    What if you want to use your aux cord from your car and at the same time, charge your phone?

    • stylesbeyond

      get with the times and buy a real stereo with a lighting cable to play and charge they’ve been out years now

      • Walcy Carroll

        Do you have a link?

      • Martynet

        I have both in my BMW, aux and bluetooth. Can’t hear any difference. Using bluetooth most of the time.

      • 5723alex .

        I have both USB to Lightning (for charging, audio) and USB to HDMI (for streaming video) and BT for audio and calls..connected
        to my iPhone 6s Plus in my car.

    • Mike M. Powell

      time to install bluetooth im afraid my boy ._.”

    • itelebisyon

      why is this a f… problem lol, then you should get a dedicated mp3 for your car? or charge it before u use it, or get a power bank lol or get bluetooth transmittter to ur car

    • Ds

      My truck has a USB port on the bash from the factory that charges and plays music at the same time.. Or I can use Bluetooth to play music and charge my phone at the same time.

  • [RECON1]

    Hopefully a third-party will make an adapter for charging and 3.5 at the same time. I would hate to stop listening to music just to charge my phone. Or what about people who use the phone in the car for audio and such? Airplanes rides/ road trips?

  • 5723alex .

    Does the adapter have a build-in DAC >

  • Hanz Worst

    I’m wondering what will happen if you connect it to an older phone with a jack connector. Will this give you two working outputs?