The iPhone headphone dongle is Apple’s top accessory at Best BuyAugust 25, 2018
It’s an understatement to say that Apple makes lots of popular products that people like to buy: iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and more. But none as apparently as beloved as the 3.5mm headphone jack to Lightning port dongle — at least, if Best Buy’s sale data is anything to go by, according to a report from Ceros (via 9to5Mac).
Yes, as the chart indicates, the humble $9 dongle has dominated as the most purchased Apple product at the blue-and-yellow hued electronics store since Q2 2017, overtaking the previous champion: the three-foot-long Lightning cable.
(As a caveat, Ceros’ data doesn’t include iPhones — which can be explained either by how Best Buy counts different SKUs, the fact that for whatever reason Best Buy may not sell many iPhones, or that including iPhones would have ruined the joke, although it’s unclear which explanation is correct. Either way, it’s still the most popular accessory.)
Now, there are some who might argue that the dongle only tops the chart because of the fact that Apple made the still-frustrating decision to remove an industry-wide standard port from its devices, or because the adapter is easily lost or prone to breaking. But I will say that those people are clearly just stumping for their fallen favorite accessories like the Lighting cable or wired EarPod headphones, and have yet to realize the courageous elegance that the dongle can bring to their lives.
Sadly, though, in the most recent quarter, the mighty headphone jack dongle has all too soon been beaten out by a different Apple product: the AirPods. Because apparently, Apple has been playing us all the entire time.