Apple Lightning headphones: everything you need to know

Apple’s new iPhones don’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack, only a Lightning connection. So what are your options?

When Apple removed the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, opinion was divided. What was the point of removing the audio jack? And what’s so good about the Lightning connection?

The lack of a 3.5mm jack in the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X models confirmed once and for all that Apple has cut ties with the once-ubiquitous audio connection.

Where Apple goes, the rest often tend to follow. So, even if you’re not an Apple fan, the change is sure to have a knock-on effect on the rest of the consumer electronics landscape.

So why did Apple remove the iPhone headphone jack, and what does that mean for the new iPhones, for Apple headphones and for the rest of the headphone market? Allow us to explain.

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