Apple killed the 3.5mm audio port with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. To listen to music on the new iPhones, Apple has bundled the EarPods with Lightning connector. And for those who still want to use their existing headphones with analogue connector, Apple has also included Lightning to 3.5mm adapter along with the box. If dropping the 3.5mm audio port wasn’t enough, users are now concerned on how they will listen to music while charging their new iPhones.
Apple said it takes ‘courage’ to move on and do something. During the keynote, the company’s marketing chief Phil Schiller explained why Apple ditched the age-old connector port. With the removal of 3.5mm jack, Apple was able to make space for new components, such as taptic engine, slightly larger battery and more. He also mentioned that the future is wireless and if Lightning connector can also be used as an audio output port, it makes no sense to have the 3.5mm port. While it might not sound natural to charge the phone while it is also plugged into a wired headphone, judging by the outrage on social media it seems to be quite a popular thing people do.
Twitter: How do we charge our phones and listen to music at the same time with the iPhone 7?
— John (@here4mariahonly) September 7, 2016
I don’t like the idea of not being able to charge my phone and listen to music with headphones on the new #iphone7
— Cassie Hollister (@HollisterCassie) September 8, 2016
So I can’t listen to music with headphones while I’m charging it on the iPhone 7 unless I’m using wireless ones. 🙄 really @Apple why…😭
— Zach Nelson (@ZachNelsonMusic) September 7, 2016
On the train listening to music and charging the iPhone from the power bank at the same time. Feel so old-school now😌! #iPhone7
— lily (@lilyhuili) September 8, 2016
If the iPhone 7 loses its headphone port, it should have a second Lightning port so that you can listen to music while charging it.
— Vaddadi Kartick (@kartick_vad) August 11, 2016
We hear your pain and thankfully everything is not lost, as there are still a few ways you can keep the juice flowing into the iPhone while you listen to music on a pair of earphones. While it is not the same as having a Lightning connector to charge the iPhone and having a dedicated 3.5mm audio jack, here are four ways you can keep listening to music while charging the phone. And yes, like everything Apple, you will have to pay extra. After all, it takes “courage” and a fat wallet to advance the future of sound. ALSO READ: Should you buy the Apple iPhone 7?
Apple Lightning Dock: One of the first solutions is to purchase the Apple Lighting Dock, but it will set you back by $49 (approximately Rs 3,450). The accessory sits on your tablet and lets you connect your iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to it. On the front of the dock, you have a 3.5mm audio port for audio output and a Lightning port for charging. This could be a great solution for those who don’t want to ditch their existing legacy audio connector. You can even connect the dock to your PC or laptop using the USB cable to charge and sync your phone. Just like the iPhones, this dock is also available in black, gray, silver, gold, and rose gold color variants. But there is a drawback, it isn’t something you’d carry around with you. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus: How to get Apple’s latest iPhones cheaper and earlier than India launch
Belkin Lightning Adapter: Called Lightning Audio + Charge Rockstar, the accessory is priced at $39.99 (approximately Rs 2,750). It is a perfect option for those who don’t want to use docks. This adapter comes with two Lightning ports – one for charging and the other for listening to music using Lightning connector based EarPods. Belkin says it worked closely with Apple to make this accessory. The adapter will be available sometime in October. ALSO READ: Here’s why Apple is killing the 3.5mm audio jack on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
Bluetooth Headphones / AirPods: Of course, one of the reasons to ditch the 3.5mm audio jack was also to go wireless. Apple has introduced its own truly wireless headphones called AirPods. Featuring Apple’s custom W1 chipset, these headphones offer high-efficiency playback, with consistent and reliable connection, Apple claims. Priced at Rs 15,400, AirPods will go on sale in India starting late October. These headphones also come with a carrying case, which also acts like a charger. On full charge, you can get up to five hours of continuous playback, Apple claims. If you find the AirPods are expensive (almost everyone does), you can also buy regular stereo Bluetooth headphones that are available out there, anywhere between Rs 3,500 going all the way up to Rs 25,000 and more.
Built-in Speakers: And yes, one of the other changes in the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is that the earpiece now also acts like a second speaker for stereo output. Apple says that the new speaker system is twice as loud as the iPhone 6s. So, if you don’t want to spend on a Bluetooth headphone, an adapter or a dock, you might as well use the stereo speakers for listening to music while charging your iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. But beware of pissing off people around you.