It’s one of the most controversial moves in smartphone history – the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack from Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. There are arguments for and against, but ultimately, we have to deal with the hand we’ve been dealt, whether you like it or not. So, what are your options? There are four as far as I can see, assuming you don’t want to move to an Android device, but that’s a bit drastic, especially if you like iOS and have invested in dozens of paid-for apps.
- Use the included adaptor
The moment I saw the adaptor during the keynote iPhone 7 speech saw my heart sink and for two reasons. Firstly, I hate using adaptors as it means you need to carry them around with you. Secondly, there’s no way to charge the device while you’re using the adaptor. Wireless charging was never needed as badly on an iPhone as it is now.
It remains to be seen how third party battery case manufacturers get around this but Apple itself has already launched a revised version of its hideous Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 7, which shows an external Lighting Port – presumably allowing you to activate the case’s charging ability at the same time as plugging in a set of headphones to the Lighting Port.
It’s messy certainly, but the adaptor is possibly the cleanest option and thankfully it looks set to be fairly cheap at just $9, meaning you can add one to several sets of headphones if you use several sets regularly.
2. Use your own Bluetooth headphones
This is actually likely to be your best option if, like me, you hate the thought of using an adaptor. There are plenty out there and they don’t cost a bomb either, such as these HiCool M5′s that cost just $27.
To connect them you simply fire up Bluetooth on your iPhone, power on the headphones, tap on M5 and away you go. Audio quality isn’t bad either – they punch well above their weight although they’re a little bass-heavy and not as balanced as a pair of SoundMAGIC’s massively popular E10′s, for example, but for less than $30 they’re perfect for casual listeners.
The downside is that they’ll need charging after 4 hours or so of listening, but there are longer-lasting options out there too, plus you’ll also need to pick your pair carefully if you’ll be using them for running as the volume control/battery can bounce around.
3. Use a Bluetooth 3.5mm adaptor
While I’m reluctant to recommend yet another device that will need charging, especially as it’s slated to cost around $100, there’s also a way to continue using your 3.5mm earphones with the iPhone 7 that allows you to charge your smartphone at the same time.
Bluetooth adaptors such as the Noble Bluetooth Solution (BTS) allow you to plug your 3.5mm earphones into the BTS, which acts as a Bluetooth receiver for your iPhone 7, receiving the audio signal, just like Apple’s own AirPods would.
You get up to 8 hours of playback time, the BTS can automatically pair with previously connected devices and it can connect to two devices at once, allowing you to switch between them. It’s not a solution you’d want to consider with a $20 set of earphones, but if you own a super-expensive set that you intended to transfer to your new iPhone 7, then it’s definitely an option.
4. Use Belkin’s Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar adaptor
If you thought Apple’s adaptor was ugly, then wait till you see Belkin’s effort. Personally, I wouldn’t touch this with a ten-foot pole, but essentially it allows you to use a pair of Lightning-enabled headphones (or, god help us, 3.5mm headphones with the Apple 3.5mm to Lighting adaptor too) with the iPhone 7 at the same time as charging it.
It’s potentially useful to have at your desk if you want to listen to music and charge your iPhone, but if anything would make me yearn for my iPhone 6, this would probably be it.
So, there are your options. Each has its drawbacks but it’s likely you’ll find one that suits your purpose, even if it means having to worry about keeping your headphones charged as well as your iPhone 7.
Do you think Apple has made a massive mistake here or will they usher in a new range of wireless devices so that by the next iPhone launch we’ll have forgotten all about the missing 3.5mm jack? Feel free to comment below, on Twitter or Facebook.
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