A Complete Guide to iPhone 7 with no Headphone Jack
- Why did Apple remove the iPhone 7 headphone jack
- How headphones work on the iPhone 7
- How to charge and listen to music on the same time on iPhone 7
Apple finally released the iPhone 7 with a nice waterproof casing, better battery life, wireless charging, and more powerful optics but there is no headphone jack on it. This is the first iPhone without a headphone jack, requiring users to use either Bluetooth or Lightning-equipped headphones.
The headphone jack removal on iPhone 7 has caused controversy among people. Many iPhone users disagree as they usually use their earphone or even charge their iPhones while also listening to music. Apple offers a nice problem solving for this, an EarPods with Lightning Connector; a pair of wireless Bluetooth AirPods with no physical connection; and a Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter to connect old headphones to the iPhone.
Before we get deeper in discussing about most people questions on iPhone 7, How to charge and listen to music on the same time, let’s find out the real reasons why Apple removed the iPhone 7 headphone jack.
Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, said at the company’s event “The reason to move on: courage. The courage to move on and do something new that betters all of us”. Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, said in a Buzzfeed interview, that it’s a matter of wasted space. The iPhone 7 headphone jack removal gives the company the chance to be more creative underneath the hood.
Dan Riccio also said “It was holding us back from a number of things we wanted to put into the iPhone,” “It was fighting for space with camera technologies and processors and battery life. And frankly, when there’s a better, modern solution available, it’s crazy to keep it around.”
Other reasons why Apple removed the headphone jack on iPhone 7 base on what Riccio explained are
- The size of the audio jack became a frustrating nuisance when trying to incorporate the respective camera systems inside of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
- Apple can increase the size of the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 battery by 14%, providing users with an extra 2 hours of battery life,
- And finally it helped the new iPhone finally meet the IP67 water resistance spec
You may disagree about the headphone jack removal on iPhone 7 but you will surely love waterproof iPhone with much better battery life.
As Apple removed the headphone jack on the new iPhone 7, many people wonder about what they’re going to do with their earphones and how headphones work on the iPhone 7? Well, Apple seems to understand that this is a new thing for iPhone users, and the good news is Apple has the answer.
So, how headphones work on the iPhone 7?
First, Apple included a Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter on the iPhone 7 so users can connect the iPhone 7 to their old headphones.
Second, Apple included EarPods with Lightning Connector on the iPhone 7. Here’s EarPods with Lightning Connector:
So, there’s no need to worry about your old headphones as you can still use them on your new iPhone 7. You also have other options to listen to music. Apple offers wireless headphones called the AirPods. With a simple one-tap setup, AirPods will automatically on and always connected to your iPhone 7. The AirPods can sense when they’re in your ears and pause when you take them out. Double tap the AirPods will get you directly to Siri. You can also pair the AirPods with Apple Watch, iPad, or Mac. Of course, other bluetooth headphones will also work with your iPhone 7.
The next questions about the iPhone 7 related with the absence of headphone jack is how to charge and listen to music on the same time on iPhone 7? Here’s things you can do for it:
a. iPhone 7 speakers
The iPhone 7 arrives with a stereo speaker system with clear audio quality. This will be the easiest and cheapest way to listen to music while charging the iPhone at the same time as it won’t cost you more.
If you wish to use speaker mode on iPhone 7, you need to make sure that there are no headphones are plugged in or connected wirelessly.
AirPods is one of Apple’s solution to listen to music while charging the iPhone 7 at the same time. With $159 price tag, it features gesture recognition, voice isolation, and more.
c. Use other Bluetooth headphones
Using Bluetooth headphones means the lightning port in the iPhone 7 is free and can be used to charge the phone. This allows users to listen to music while charging their iPhones at the same time. Many Bluetooth headphones available for your iPhones.
d. Apple Lightning Dock
Apple Lightning Dock features a Lightning connector and a 3.5mm audio jack and is available for $439. The dock allows users to listen to music while charging their iPhone. However you might not able to do this while on the go but you can do this easily at home.
e. Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar adapter
An adapter from Belkin called Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar allows iPhone 7 users to listen to music while charging. It will be available soon for $39,99.