Stuart Breckenridge

Losing the 3.5mm Headphone Jack

I ordered an iPhone 7 Plus today, well aware of the fact that it wouldn’t have an 3.5mm headphone jack. I’m not sure what all the fuss is about as Apple have covered the whole gamut of user needs.

Continued Use of 3.5mm Headphones

This is possible using the included1 Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter. There is simply no need to abandon 3.5mm headphones at this stage. You’ll be able to charge and listen using Apple’s Lightning Dock while at a desk. On the go, things are more complicated. Using Belkin’s Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar in conjunction with the 3.5mm adapter, you’ll be able to charge and listen on the go. One can only imagine what this will look like:

iPhone -> Belkin Connector -> 3.5mm adapter -> Headphones

All In On Lightning

The EarPods bundled with the iPhone 7 are Lightning EarPods. If using an iPhone 7 (4.7”), I am positive you will be able to use the iPhone Smart Battery Case to charge and listen and the same time.2 Alternatively, charging and listening at the same time is also possible using Belkin’s Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Wireless

Coming in October, Apple will release their new AirPod wireless headphones. All I can do now is reserve judgement — I’ve not been overly impressed with any wireless headphones I’ve tried. However, their introduction does fit with Apple’s long term vison of a wireless future, as Jony Ive put it.

So, what’s the fuss about?

  1. When have Apple ever given away an adapter for free? ↩︎

  2. Unconfirmed conjecture! ↩︎


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