This is where you scream and curse at Apple. Done? Okay, now let's move on, talk about the pros, and consider the alternatives, including Lightning headphones. Yes. Those are a thing. They're like regular headphones - only they plug into a Lightning port instead of a 3.5mm socket.
Lightning headphones are capable of receiving lossless stereo 48kHz digital audio output from Apple devices and sending mono 48kHz digital audio input. They can also draw power from an Apple device (even if the device is asleep).
Apple's Lightning port can also support headphones with integrated digital-to-analogue converters and amplifiers, so audio travelling through the Lightning port will pass into the headphones digitally, thus avoiding typical analogue signal interferences you get with other headphones.
So don't panic about the change, embrace it. Browse the gallery of choices we've put together, because we've picked out a few Lightning headphones out now or coming soon - including Apple's new Lightning EarPods. They're basically an updated version of the existing EarPods - only they connect to the iPhone via the Lightning port.
Our list includes both over-ear headphones and in-ear earbuds, as well as a variety of price points, though keep in mind many of these devices are new, top-rated (based on online reviews), and starting out at the top end in terms of cost.
Audeze EL-8 Titanium Closed-Back Headphones
Where to buy: Apple Online Store
Features: Lightning cable with DAC and amplifier, Planar magnetic driver
Audeze Sine planar magnetic over-ears
Price: £400 (Converts to $532)
Where to buy: Available from April at Audeze's site
Features: Lightning cable, large driver surface area than dynamic headphones that results in more air movement and and better bass response, and stitched leather headband with padded earcups
P5 Digital Over-Ears Headphones
Price: $450 (Launching this autumn)
Where to buy: Phaz Online Store
Features: 24-bit DAC and 40mm drivers powered by an integrated amplifier
Philips M2L/27 Fidelio Premium Headphones
Features: Integrated DAC and amp and Bass Reflex System
Harman JBL Reflect Aware earphones
Price: $159.95 (Converts to £122)
Features: Noise cancellation, adaptive noise control, and sweat proof
Brightech In-Ear Headphones
Price: $50 (Converts to £39)
Where to buy: Amazon.com
Features: Digital stereo sound, built-in volume control from -100dB to +12dB, amplified bass, and noise canceling, soft silicone earbuds
Apple Lightning EarPods
Price: $29 (Bundled for free with new iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus)
Features: These headphones appear the same as the EarPod model that Apple introduced in 2012. They just now end in a Lightning connector instead of the standard 3.5mm headphone jack.