Every accessory you need to deal with the iPhone’s missing headphone jack

No headphone jack? No problem. Or at least, not a problem that can’t be fixed with a solid adapter.

Apple caused quite the commotion when it dropped the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, and it has been missing from iPhones ever since. Even the latest iPad Pro has jettisoned this age-old connector. 

If you want to use your old headphones, you need a 3.5mm to Lightning headphone adapter. If you want to listen to tunes while you charge your phone, whether you use an adaptor or the Lightning earbuds that came with your iPhone, you’ll need a wireless charging pad.

Here’s a list of the gear you can use to solve the annoyances imposed by Apple’s “courageous” decision to drop the headphone jack in 2016.

Apple’s Lightning to 3.5mm adapter

Apple saved itself from much of the outrage for getting rid of the headphone jack by including a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter free with every new iPhone since the iPhone 7. Then, suddenly, with the release of the iPhone XS and XR in 2018, Apple stopped including the dongle in the box. Not just for those phones, but for all iPhones!

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The good news is, you can pick up this adapter for only $9, which is very affordable by Apple standards. By comparison, when Apple switched from the old 30-pin connector to Lightning, the adapter cost $29, and it had to be purchased separately.

Still, there are two problems with Apple’s dongle solution. First, it doesn’t have mic and audio control support for third-party headphones, so you can’t use the in-line mic and controls to talk to Siri, take a call, or skip a song. The second issue is that, with a dongle plugged into your Lightning port, you can’t charge your iPhone without a wireless charging pad (for iPhone 8 or newer).

Apple’s iPhone Lightning Dock

If you want to charge your iPhone and listen to music at the same time, you can always use the iPhone Lightning Dock.