Apple birthed three shiny new phones into the world yesterday, which is great news for anyone looking to drop at least $ 749 on new tech. An iPhone Xs! An iPhone Xs Max! An iPhone XR! So many options! And so much money to be made for Apple—but not enough to keep the trillion-dollar company from also introducing a new policy about headphone dongles. Whereas you used to get a dongle free with the purchase of a later era iPhone, you now have to pay $ 9 for the thing. Cheapskates.
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The dongle became a necessary evil when Apple removed headphone jacks from iPhones. It wasn’t the best quality, and it was easy to break and easier to lose, but it meant you could plug in most headphones to iPhones 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and X. This was especially handy for when your complementary pair of EarPods with the Lightning connector got frayed or lost.
Now, those older iPhones don’t come with a free dongle. Nor do the new additions to the iPhone X line. You have to buy the Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter separately for nine bucks, as the Verge reports.
Apple also discontinued the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s, the last remaining phones with regular headphone jacks. Obviously, Apple is trying to herd everyone into owning wireless AirPods, which cost $ 159 and only have five measly hours of battery life on one charge. The resistance lives on.