Fall is unofficially here: There’s a crispness in the air, PSLs are back at Starbucks, and Tuesday’s the much-anticipated Apple iPhone event at the new Steve Jobs Theatre at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California has arrived. (Cue my girlish nerdy squealing and clapping of hands.) This year’s event has quite the hype, with rumors indicating that Apple would release not one but three new iPhones: The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X — and they did. It’s been just over a year since Apple did away with the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7, so what’s the deal this year — can I use my headphones with the iPhone 8 or what?
Let’s not forget that at last year’s iPhone event, Apple dropped the bomb on iPhone fans by removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. People flipped out, but here we are a year later, no worse for wear. Apple introduced AirPods, its wireless headphone technology that strongly indicates a fully wireless smartphone is where Apple is headed. Case in point: It was widely speculated that Apple might introduce wireless charging for the iPhone 8, another rumor that turned out to be true. But let’s get back to those headphones, shall we?
First, the bad news: The 3.5-millimeter iPhone headphone jack as we know it is gone for good — the iPhone 7 saw to that. Apple didn’t completely leave its users high and dry, however, if they weren’t willing to drop a cool $159 on a pair of AirPods; Apple included a Lightning-to-3.5-millimeter headphone jack adapter with the iPhone 7. Given how tiny they are, people lost them pretty quickly, so Apple has conveniently sold replacement headphone jack adapters at $9 a pop. It’s unknown if users will be on the hook to purchase their own with future models of the iPhone from now on, and it wasn’t mentioned if the adapter will be included with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X.
Update: The Apple Store now shows that the Lightning Connector adapter will…