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The Lightning to 3.5mm Audio Cable is an adapter cable that was developed by Apple due to the absence of the 3.5 mm headphone jack from its iPhone line.

Background[]

The jack was first eliminated from the iPhone 7 in 2016 to make space for additional components such as the Taptic Engine and help achieve its water resistance rating.[1] An adapter was provided with the iPhone 7 through X, allowing users to connect their headphone jack devices to the Lightning port. With the release of the iPhone XR and XS in 2018, EarPods with a Lightning connector were included and the adapter was left out.[2]

Criticism[]

The cable was criticized for subpar construction for its high price.[3] Third parties have designed split dongles that can connect audio devices while providing a pass-through Lightning connector for simultaneous charging.[4] Samsung promoted its own competing smartphones with headphone jacks as an advantage, but withdrew its criticism when the Galaxy Note 10 was released in 2019 without a headphone jack, followed by its own line of dongles and wireless earbuds.[5]

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