I have a Mac 2014 with the standard headphone jack. My headphones have the Lightning connector. Ive spent 30 minutes trying to find a converter but no luck so figured I'd try here on Stack. Closest I came was this Anker Piece but thats for USB-C (newer mac)

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  • Based on the answer below it may be simpler to just purchase a set of EarPods that use a 3.5mm plug - US$20
    – IconDaemon
    Feb 25, 2021 at 16:43
  • Thanks that sounds like it's the easiest.
    – moonshot
    Feb 25, 2021 at 22:44
  • If you have more than $20, look at some non-Apple buds. At the top end, the US$300 Bose sound-canceling buds seemed extravagant when I bought them 5 years ago, but they've proved invaluable and have never let me down. The noise-canceling is that good. You might want even consider cutting the cord and using Bluetooth earbuds/headphones. Anker makes an excellent Bluetooth US$60 headset, which I use at work for Zoom calls. Disclaimer: no ties, financial or otherwise, to Bose® or Anker®
    – IconDaemon
    Feb 26, 2021 at 1:06

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I'd say one does not exist.

The reasoning behind you being able to find an adaptor from USB-C to lightning is that both are digital connections. I'm not sure what, if any, data translation would need to be done, but if it was necessary USB-C can carry the power to do it. (Similarly for the lightning to audio cable supplied with the iPhones).

To do the same from a regular headphone socket would need the adaptor to carry two-way DACs (digital analogues converters) to & from the earphones & mic, & would also have to be battery-powered, as it can't take power from the headphone socket on the Mac.

It's not impossible to do that, but it would be costly. It seems so far, no-one is willing to see if the consumer would be prepared to pay the price.

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    Agreed. Even if you went with a USB (audio) adapter there are lots of USB - Lightning adapters but none with a female Lightning port on one end and USB-A on the other that I found online Feb 25, 2021 at 15:29

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