When Apple decided to (controversially) remove the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus last year, they did make it a bit easier for customers by including a headphone jack adapter for the Lightning port on the iPhone. This meant that users with wired headphones could still plug their devices into the iPhone.
However it seems that in the future Apple may stop bundling these headphone jack adapters with the iPhone. In a note to investors obtained by MacRumors, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis has indicated his belief that iPhone models from 2018 onwards could no longer include the accessory with the phone. “We believe it stays this year but goes away at some point, potentially in the 2018 model.”
In a way it makes sense because we can only imagine that Apple is counting on more headphones either going wireless or using Lightning as its connector of choice. In fact last when Apple introduced the new iPhones, several headphone makers came forward and appeared to be unfazed by Apple’s decision.
In any case should Apple eventually decide to ditch bundling the accessory, we expect that they could continue to be sold separately where you could by them at $9 each. However with more headphones going wireless these days, perhaps you’ll find one that you like by then, but until that happens take this report with a grain of salt for now.