Apple adds things to iPhones, and sometimes they remove things. In 2016, on iPhone 7, they removed the 3.5mm audio jack.

After that, all the iPhones no longer had headphone jacks because it was no longer in Apple’s interests since they released AirPods to the market in December 2016. By removing the headphone jack from iPhones, Apple created a demand for Bluetooth Earbuds like AirPods.

But which iPhones still have a headphone jack? So, I created a list of all the iPhones that have a headphone jack. I don’t think I’ll have to update the list anytime soon, but who knows?

List of All The iPhones with Headphone Jacks

Here’s a list of all iPhones that have a 3.5mm jack in chronological order. The only bifurcation I did was between the iPhone’s primary models and the tertiary models (the SE / C series). 

These are released alongside the primary iPhone rather than acting as individual releases.

iPhone 

ModelsRelease DateStatusHeadphone Jack
iPhone (1st gen)29/6/2007ObsoleteYes
iPhone (3G)11/7/2008ObsoleteYes
iPhone 3GS19/6/2009ObsoleteYes
iPhone 4 (GSM + CDMA)24/6/2010ObsoleteYes
iPhone 4S14/10/2011ObsoleteYes
iPhone 521/9/2012ObsoleteYes
iPhone 5S20/9/2013ObsoleteYes
iPhone 619/9/2014ObsoleteYes
iPhone 6 Plus19/9/2014ObsoleteYes
iPhone 6S25/9/2015ObsoleteYes
iPhone 6S Plus25/9/2015ObsoleteYes

iPhone SE / C Series

ModelsRelease DateStatusHeadphone Jack
iPhone 5C20/9/2013ObsoleteYes
iPhone SE (1st Gen)24/3/2017ObsoleteYes

Why Did Apple Remove The Headphone Jack From the iPhone?

Apple removed the headphone jack from the iPhone to make room in the chassis for a larger battery and better internals. Their secondary reason was to increase sales of wireless earbuds like AirPods and Beats.

Conveniently, the release of the iPhone 7 (the first iPhone without a 3.5mm jack) came with the first generation of the Apple AirPods. Apple’s first truly wireless headphones provided better audio quality than the pre-packaged headphones we were accustomed to.

While the initial transition was quite rough, to say the least, with brands like Samsung criticizing the iPhone for ditching the port, we quickly saw subsequent Samsung phones, such as the S20, letting go of the headphone port as well and opting for their headphones, the Samsung Galaxy Buds.

All in all, it’s clear that Apple acted as a trendsetter in the market. And, for better or for worse, their decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 led to almost every brand in the mobile space following suit. 

This strategy for Apple worked, and they have increased sales for AirPods and other Bluetooth headphones year over year since 2016.

Apple also removed headphone jacks from iPads.

How To Connect Wired Headphones To iPhone

You can still connect wired headphones to your iPhone even if it has no 3.5mm jack built in. There are adapters that turn the Lightning port into a 3.5mm jack. There are other adapters that turn USB-C into a 3.5mm jack.

Lightning To 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter

Lightning To 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter

If you have a wired headphones with a 3.5mm jack, opting for a simple adapter is the quickest and cheapest option. All you need to do is plug the adapter into your iPhone’s Lightning port and plug your headphones in from the other end.

USB-C To 3.5mm Headphone Jack

USB-C To 3.5mm Headphone Jack

If you have an iPhone 15 or a different model that comes with USB-C you will need a USB-C(male) to 3.5mm jack(female) adapter to connect wired headphones.

What’s The Last iPhone With A Headphone Jack?

None of the latest iPhones feature a headphone jack. The last iPhone series to include a headphone jack was the iPhone 6. Since then, no iPhones have included a 3.5mm jack.

FAQ

Does iPhone 14 Have A Headphone Jack?

No, the iPhone 14 does not have a headphone jack. This is because of Apple’s jump towards wireless audio entertainment with the introduction of the AirPods.

Does iPhone 15 Have A 3.5mm Jack?

No, the iPhone 15, like its predecessors, does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple removed the headphone jack from its iPhone lineup, starting with the iPhone 7, and has continued this design choice in subsequent models, including the iPhone 15.

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I'm a writer and editor in iPads & Android Tablets, Windows Tablet section. I'm passionate about technology, especially about tablets. I'm on a mission to assist people in discovering their ideal tablets. In addition, I'm dedicated to producing helpful how-to guides and sharing top-notch tips and tricks. In my early carrier I founded and became and editor at worldoftablet and have been a guest author at many other tech blogs. In wolfoftablet I'm focusing on iPads, Tablets, Apple Pencil, Apps, Reviews, Buyers Guides and Tablet Accessories. In free time I like to play games on my PS5 or iOS.

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