Mad about Apple getting rid of the 3.5 mm headset jack? Trust us when we say you are not alone. Though some people may be more accepting of the changes in the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, plenty of users are rabid about the need for wireless headphones and cumbersome adapters. Then you have the annoying fact that you can’t listen to wired headphones and charge at the same time!
Call it an evolution, innovation or utter nonsense, but that headphone jack is now gone and it looks to never be coming back. You will have to get used to adapters, so let’s at least make sure you get a quality one. We have put together a list of our very favorite adapters around. Shall we dig right in?
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Apple Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter
Going with Apple’s original accessories may be a bit pricier, but many believe it’s the smartest choice. Apple does make some great products, so we thought including their Lightning to 3.5 mm adapter was necessary.
Now, this product does come included with every iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 purchase, so you don’t really need to buy it unless yours is misplaced. Which, let’s face it… it will happen. But at least it’s pretty affordable at $9!
Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge Rockstar
Want to charge while listening to your wired headphones? Belkin’s little adapter will do the trick. This unit essentially turns the single Lightning port into two. One of these ports can then be used for charging while the secondary one connects to your headphones.
Our only gripe is that it doesn’t have a 3.5 mm headset jack. Instead, the adapter has two Lightning ports, so you will still need to use Apple’s included Lightning to 3.5 mm headset jack adapter.
If you like the idea of Belkin’s adapter but also want an actual 3.5 mm headset jack integrated, you can go with iLDOCK. This aluminum-built accessory splits your Lightning connector into charging and audio ports.
The only caveat here is that the product isn’t exactly readily available. It is launching through Kickstarter as a crowdfunding campaign. The funding goal has been met, but shipping is not scheduled until November. It’s a great choice, but you will have to wait a bit for it.
Fstop Labs Lightning charging port and music controller converter
This is one of our favorites, mostly because it manages to do almost everything you could need from an adapter. The unit has a 3.5 mm headset jack, a Lightning port for charging and even buttons for controlling your music. The only downside is its lack for microphone support. It goes for $25.99, so it’s not exactly cheap, but it is a worthy investment.
CONMDEX iPhone 7 Lightning Connector to 3.5 mm
The COMMDEX adapter has no bells and whistles. It is a simple Lightning to headset jack adapter that works just like Apple’s. The only difference here is that it is cheaper. You can buy one for $7.90 or a bundle of two for $9.90.
There you have it, guys! Those are our very favorite iPhone 7 headphone adapters. Which one are you using? Would you recommend any others to your fellow readers?