How do you charge your iPhone 7 and listen to music at the same time. Here are your best options.
Apple removed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7. Many iPhone 7 reviews are ranking this as the iPhone 7 biggest flaws. While this is in the eye of the beholder, there is one scenario where the removal of the audio jack is a problem that needs solving. You cannot charge and listen to music at the same time on the iPhone 7 unless you have a solution.
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The obvious, but pricey solution to the problem are wireless headphones. Apple announced the $159 AirPods, which appear to be the best working wireless Earbuds on the market when they go on sale in late October. There are many Bluetooth earbuds and headphones on the market across a wide range models. Apple's Beats brand will also offer new wireless headphones that use the same W1 chip used in the AirPods.
More affordable solutions to listen to music and charge your iPhone 7 at the same time is to use Apple's $49 iPhone Lightning Dock. The dock has an 3.5mm headphone jack for your headset. This solution is not that portable.
You can also get the $99 iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case to extend the battery life of your iPhone 7 to over 20 hours. Apple's battery case passes through the iPhone 7 Lightning port and you can listen to music while charging the iPhone 7 through the smart battery case.
The best solution so far for simultaneous charging and listening to music comes from Belkin. The Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar is a Lightning adapter offering two Lightning ports. It will retail in October for $39.99.
Expect Chinese accessory makers to swamp the market with similar dual Lightning adapters soon at lower price points.
The iPhone 7 broke the T-mobile pre-order weekend record by a factor of 4x. The missing audio jack is not a problem for most people.