Apple dropped the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. It is time to go digital, but I forgot one thing I use every day.
When the rumors started in 2015 that Apple is removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, I was not against it. I was convinced that Apple would ship EarPods with Lightning - and they did. Apple also bundled a short cable that is Lightning on one end and 3.5mm audio jack on the other. The Lightning adapter leaked in July and I did not think much of it.
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It looks kind of a hack to connect headphones via the two inch long cable to the iPhone 7. Well, turns out that I need that adapter cable on a daily basis. I totally forgot about my speaker pillow. Every night I connect my iPhone via a headphone jack to my speaker pillow. I put the timer to 30 minutes and start my iTunes playlist. 10 minutes later I am in the land of dreams.
Last night was my first night with my iPhone 7 Plus and I was stumped. I could not connect the pillow to the new iPhone. Then I remembered the Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter. I did not even take out of the box yet. The cable is on the backside of the EarPods box.
I could not find a speaker pillow that is already coming with Lightning port. Niche products like that take longer to adopt new technologies and standards. I am also glad to not have to buy a new Speaker Pillow. In case you need to connect to more than one "legacy" audio device you can purchase Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter for $9 from Apple.
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