The iPhone 7 earbud adapter is backwards

I confess when I bought my iPhone 7, I took the included earbud adapter and threw it into my electronics drawer without really looking at it. The bundled lightning earbuds - obviously - work with the iPhone 7's lightning port. So I had no reason to go exploring that little 3-inch adapter thingy.

Flying to the west coast a few weekends ago, I figured I should dig out the iPhone 7 earbud adapter because there would be a good chance I'd want to plug into the plane's audio-video system, which, of course, uses the standard 3.5 mm headphone jack.

To my rather large surprise, the adapter was exactly the opposite of what I thought it would be. I assumed that the adapter would let me take my iPhone 7 earbuds and give me a traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack connector at the end.

Instead, it's designed to take OLD earbuds with the 3.5 mm headphone connector and turn them into lightning earbuds for the iPhone 7.

Which strikes me as a far more arrogant stance on Apple's part than removing the 3.5 mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in the first place.

Think about it. How many devices do I use that require lightning headphones?

One.

How many devices do I have that require 3.5 mm headphones?

ALL THE REST OF THEM.

So for flying, I actually had to dig up an older pair of earbuds so I could plug into the plane's audio/video system and also bring my 3.5 mm-to-lightning adapter so I could also listen to stuff on my iPhone 7.


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