In September 2016, Apple announced the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and removed the 3.5mm headphone jack, a feature that we have been using for 50 years now.
It only had the infamous Lightning port which was also used to charge the battery. So, if users wanted to charge their iPhones and listen to wired audio (AirPods were uncommon), it was impossible.
Apple did this to free up the space inside the phone to make room for other technology, the Lightning dongle can adapt to older devices, and the firm’s ambition for better audio – seen in the form of AirPods, AirPods Pro, and the AirPods Max.
Many applauded Apple for taking the plunge and believe that it’s a necessary step for technological progress.
But people were still unsure of the headphone jack’s fate on MacBooks the Intel MacBooks removed many ports that Apple made a big deal for launching it again on the 2021 M1 Pro/Max MacBook Pros. “Having a wide range of ports can make life a lot easier for pros,” Apple’s Shruti Haldea said in the live stream launch, encapsulating what “pro” users have been wanting for half a decade.
This begs the question – does the redesigned M2 MacBook Air have a 3.5mm headphone jack? The answer is a scroll away!
Does M2 MacBook Air have a Headphone Jack?
The M2 MacBook Air does have a 3.5mm audio jack that supports high impedance. M2 MacBook Air recognizes the impedance of the connected device and adapts its output for headphones, line-level audio devices, and low-impedance headphones. This means the external headphone amplifier is rendered useless.
You can enjoy high-fidelity, full-resolution audio directly from your Mac’s headphone jack thanks to impedance detection, adaptive voltage output, and a built-in digital-to-analog converter. It also features DC load detection and adaptive voltage output.
You can also use an old headphone that uses a 3.5mm jack.
MacBooks compatible with the high-impedance Headphone Jack
The following Mac computers support high-impedance headphones that are already a part of the built-in headphone jack: 2022 M2 MacBook Air, 2021/2022 MacBook Pro, 2023 Mac Mini, and 2022 Mac Studio
iPhones with the Headphone Jack
Apple discontinued the analog headphone jack in the 2016’s iPhone 7 and since then, the feature has never come back in any future models.
This unfortunately means that the models that do support the headphone jack are either discontinued or not available for purchase.
- iPhone (1st gen)
- iPhone (3G)
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 4 (GSM + CDMA)
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
Does the MacBook Air come with a headphone jack?
Your Mac includes one or more audio ports. You can use these ports to connect to headphones (which may include a built-in microphone), self-powered speakers, or an audio system.
What ports does the M2 MacBook Air have?
The M2 MacBook Air has a total of four ports – a MagSafe 3 charging port, two USB 4/Thunderbolt ports that can also be used for charging and has support for DisplayPort, and the 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Is the MacBook Air M2 thin?
Yes, the M2 MacBook Air is thin as it measures just 11.3 mm and is only 1.2 kilos or 2.7 pounds.