If you haven't yet poured one out for the 3.5mm jack, it's probably pretty safe to do so. With Apple and now Google saying goodbye to the long-time mainstay, it's safe to bet that others will follow suit. This means that, for the foreseeable future at least, most headphones will require a dongle to hook into your phone. Nobody wants to spend even more money on a device they just spent a lot of money on, but hopefully that extra amount will keep getting smaller.

The Amazon Basics Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter is currently $30, which is five bucks cheaper than the Belkin model that Apple sells. Five bucks isn't a huge difference, but hopefully it's a sign of things to come. As the dongles become more necessary and thus more standard, hopefully more manufacturers will jump into the mix and that line of cheap earbuds at your local department store will be flanked by a line of equally cheap adapters.


And while we're talking about it, the Amazon Basics line isn't anything to shake a stick at. Yeah, you're only saving five bucks, but you're probably getting a better adapter, so you're saving money and moving up in quality. Two birds and all that.

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