In the not too distant past, you used to be able to buy a smartphone and know that all the headphones you bought would work with it. From the most dubious $ 10 earbuds to the best Bluetooth headphones, there were no mysteries involved. They just wanted to work.
That's no longer the case, thanks to the wrongful but slow death of the traditional headphone jack. Smartphone manufacturers have been eager to ditch the proven audio output mechanism in recent years, with Samsung finally caving to the Galaxy Note 10.
Yes, you read correctly: Even Samsung is releasing the 3.5 millimeter sky from its next big phone. If you don't want to go to the Bluetooth side of things or use a horrible dongle, you need to know which phones are currently supported by Apple, Samsung and Google that still come with headphone contacts.
That's where we come in. Here are the phones from the three companies that run the latest software and still have headphone contacts.
If you are an iPhone owner using wired headphones, you basically have two options. You may not like any of them.
Your first option is to use an old iPhone. Apple removed headphone contacts from iPhones from 201
The good news is that the current iteration of iOS is compatible with iPhone 5s and beyond. That means you can go back in decent ways in iPhone development and still stay up to date with software, all while using a headphone jack.
The bad news is that iOS 13 is coming out later this year, and it cuts support for everything before the iPhone 6s. When iOS 13 is out, 6s, 6s Plus and SE will be the only iOS 13 compatible iPhones with headphone contacts. There is no guarantee that they will remain compatible with iOS when the 2020 iteration comes out.
Unfortunately, your second option is to get only AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones. This can be a battle you can't win.
To evaluate, iPhones with headphone contacts and software compatibility are right now:
It is worth noting that Galaxy Fold also lacks a headphone jack. This will only be a problem if that phone ever comes out.
To summarize, wired headphone users are pretty confident about buying Samsung smartphones, provided they are not the brand new Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy Fold.