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New iPhones won’t come with headphone dongle, says analyst

iPhone X Plus concept

Apple’s 2018 iPhone line-up will not be bundled with a headphone dongle, as the company looks to wean users off traditional wired earbuds.

That’s according to Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis, who predicts the change will hit the updated iPhone X and rumoured iPhone X Plus and LCD iPhone X.

More controversial still, it seems Apple might hike the price of iPhone X this year too. Find out more.

Apple dropped the headphone slot from the iPhone 7 in 2016, with its marketing chief, Phil Schiller, claiming the company had shown ‘courage’ in doing so.

Since then, Apple has seen a boom in sales of its wireless AirPods headphones.

Other mobile-makers have also followed suit, most notably Google, with the 3.5mm headphone slot seemingly destined for the scrapheap.

How consumers will react to being unable to connect their old headphones to a new iPhone remains to be seen.

Apple will likely include headphones that can be connected via the Lightning charging port, but these will doubtless offer poor sound quality compared with many users’ preferred product.

Apple is expected to launch its trio of new iPhones in early autumn.

What else will 2018's iPhones bring? We take a look.



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