Apple Has Killed the Headphone Jack

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As everyone knows by now, after months of speculation, Apple did it: It killed the headphone jack.

Apple recently released its new iPhone 7 last week (it hit the stores on September 16th). But Apple forgot to add one thing. A headphone jack. This wasn’t a mistake, no, In Apple’s words the company finally worked up the “courage” to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack.

According to Apple’s head of marketing, Phil Schiller, the decision was based on three points: Firstly, they wanted to show off the lightning cable’s features other than charging and data transfer, secondly to save space, and thirdly to introduce a wireless headphone option, the new Apple AirPods.

This “courageous” move by Apple has obviously caused a stir, headphone jacks have been around forever, and having to swap out your favourite headphones for wireless versions can be expensive.

There are a few options to use your current headphones and speaker systems with a new iPhone 7, and we’ve put a few ideas so you can carry on listening to your favourite tunes with Find What You Like on your new iPhone 7.

A lightning cable to 3.5mm dongle

Apple thankfully includes a lightning-to-3.5mm adapter with their iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, so you can use “legacy” headphones. The problem is with only one lightning port you can’t charge and listen to music at the same time. Some companies offer lightning splitters to overcome this problem.

Lightning headphones

Some companies are offering headphones with lightning cables instead of a 3.5mm plug, and now Apple has officially launched the iPhone 7 then more companies will probably follow suit. But this means you’ll have to fork out for a new set of headphones which isn’t ideal.

Wireless Headphones

Again you’ll have to buy a new set of headphones, but wireless cans would give you more device options to use the headphones with, not just you iPhone 7.

Wireless Adapters

If you’re on a budget but want to go wireless, you could try a wireless adapter and plug your existing headphones into it.

Apple iPhone lightning dock

Apple have also released their lightning dock, which adds a lightning input and a headphone jack, so it basically reverts your phone back to what you would have had on previous iPhones. The problem with the lightning dock, is it is no good on the go as you don’t want to be carrying it with you.

Hopefully this helped if you were looking to use your current headphones or speakers to listen to your favourite free playlists on Find What You Like.

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