Buy the right adapter, case, or dongle to convert the lightning port to the traditional headphone/aux jack and allow simultaneous charging.
The iPhone 7 removed the headphone jack. I get it, it’s inconvenient. There have been a few times already where I was denied music because I didn’t have the proper equipment to plug into an aux jack or headphones. You’ve probably had a similar situation if you’re reading this article, so you feel my pain.
Here are the best options for you to never get caught in that situation again. And no, you don’t have to drill a hole in the bottom of your iPhone like this crazy guy did ?.
Apple was kind enough to include a short Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter that converts the Lightning port in the bottom of your iPhone 7 into an aux or headphone slot.
My recommendation would be to purchase one of these adapters for each place you consistently plug into for music. Aka one for the car, one for your speakers at home, and one for your go-to headphones. Switching this bad boy back and forth between spots is how it will get lost.
It is super small, maybe ~2″ long. You can purchase another adapter for only $9 if that happens, so all in all it isn’t a terrible solution.
Belkin announced their Lightning Audio + Charge adapter recently that splits your Lightning port into two different slotsso you can charge in one and use the included dongle at the same time. It’s a little bit of a bummer because you now have to use two different adapters, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. It’s a little steep at $40, but desperate times call for dongles.
Purchase a DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) — $$$
The Verge covered the A-2SE, which is a high-end audio converter plus a battery for your iPhone 7. At $299, it’s not easy on the wallet but it will sound amazing and includes a 3000mAh battery which will recharge your iPhone while also converting your audio.
Listen to Bluetooth wireless headphones — $$$
Because wireless headphones don’t suck anymore, there are plenty of good models to choose from.
My recommendation would be to purchase a pair with Apple’s new high-powered, battery efficient W1 chip. It pairs your headphones instantly with your device when you need them and can dynamically switch between your iPhone, iPad, or Mac depending on which one you’re playing audio from at that moment.
Here’s a list of Bluetooth wireless headphones that include the awesome W1 chip along with my general summary of each.
There are other great Bluetooth headphones, but if you’re bought into the Apple ecosystem, I wouldn’t buy any that don’t have the magical W1 chip.
In the Car
Use the Bluetooth or USB connection your car has now — FREE
If this is your situation, consider yourself lucky. You can listen to audio and charge your iPhone at the same time without having to purchase anything. Yay!
Purchase an adapter if you already have an aux jack in your car — $
This converter from IlDockwill split your single Lightning jack into a charging port and 3.5″ audio port for the aux in your car. Problem solved! Plus it gets the job done for an affordable price, as of 11/28/16 the IlDock is on sale for $10. Great for those who have a traditional aux jack already hooked up and don’t want to have to buy a new car audio system.
Finally, for almost $400, this may seem like overkill, but CarPlay is a very compelling car audio unit for lots of reasons besides simply audio.
What this would give you is one USB cable that would charge and transmit the CarPlay interface plus audio to your stereo system.
Kenwood makes a good head unit and you can purchase one on Amazon.
The iPhone 7 puts out audio in many different ways, I hope you find the one that works for you from my advice! Happy listening ?
If I’m leaving any other good ideas or products out, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add them and give you credit!
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