Apple Won’t Be Giving You Headphone Dongles For Free Anymore

Apple announced its new range of smartphones today, and while you might be happy to cough up the cash for one of them, you may be bummed to hear the company will no longer be shipping those headphone dongles with new units. Instead, you’ll have to go out of your way to buy one.

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Previously, the company was including the accessory in the boxes of new units which scrapped the traditional 3.5mm jack, allowing you to use your old headphones if you desired. Welp, not any more folks. The iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and the iPhone 8 – which had it previously – will not include the accessory.

Sure, it wasn’t the most robust piece of kit, but it served a purpose, you know? If you’re still keen to pick one up, you’ll have to shell out $15 for it from Apple directly. From the tech giant’s perspective, it’s probably just another way to push people into buying wireless Air Pods, so do with that what you will.

Apple unveiled three new iPhones today, including the slightly jazzed-up iPhone XS, its big friend called XS Max, and the slightly cheaper option, the XR. All follow the edgeless screen design of the iPhone X and include most of the same features.

Prices in Australia for the new iPhones start at $1,229 for the XR, $1,629 for the XS, and $1,799 for the XS Max. That’s for the 64GB units, so expect to tack on more for more storage space, which now goes all the way up to 512GB for the XS and XS Max.

I hope you’re ready to fully give into the lightning cable, folks. No one really enjoyed living the dongle life anyway, I guess.

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