Will the Apple iPhone 8 have a 3.5mm headphone jack / audio jack to plug headphones in? – No, but it will allow you to charge your phone via wireless charging with your proprietary headphones plugged in. We can’t verify this claim 100% but we’ve been told that the Apple iPhone 8 will finally switch to USB charging instead of proprietary adapters. iPhone 7 or 7+ users have noticed that they can’t charge the iPhone while headphones are plugged into the lightning adapter. Unlike the iPhone 7, you will finally be able to listen to music while your iPhone 8 is charging!
In 2013, we predicted that Apple would remove the 3.5mm audio jack from their phones. This would prompt customers to buy an expensive adapter or “dongle” to listen to music with standard headphones. We predicted that after removing the headphone jack, Apple would later release their next generation that included either another headphone jack or possibly a second proprietary port to listen to your iPhone headphones while still being able to charge it. (At this time, wireless charging was not a standard feature on any major mobile phone).
How could Apple remove something as important as the 3.5mm audio jack and still get people to purchase the phone?
While attending CTIA 2013™ May 21-23, the CEO of Best Cellular called one of our techs to discuss the possibility of Apple removing the 3.5mm headphone jack from the next version of the iPhone. At this time, no one had published any speculations of Apple removing the headphone jack. Looking into the future, he saw a potential profit center. This would allow Apple to sell iPhone users an adapter or “dongle” in order to increase already substantial profit margins.
At the time, our guess was that Apple would remove the 3.5mm audio jack and market the idea that it would make the phone more dust resistant / water resistant. The other potential marketing pitch would be to say that removing the small headphone jack would allow slightly more room for a larger battery. People love longer battery life!
Apple released the iPhone 5S on September 20, 2013. This model still included a headphone jack. After the iPhone 5S was released, our CEO made a Facebook post talking about why he thought they would remove the headphone jack from their next phone (the iPhone 6)… He was wrong!
The iPhone 6, 6+, 6S & 6S+ all still included the 3.5mm audio jack. It took three years and three more generations of iPhone before his prediction became true. It wasn’t until the iPhone 7 was released that they finally removed the headphone adapter.
We’re praying that his predictions of Apple bringing the headphone jack back come true sooner than later!