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iPhone 7 Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter leaked – and it actually looks OK


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Image credit: tinhte.vn

It’s now pretty much a given that Apple is dispensing with the 3.5mm headphone jack for the iPhone 7. All that’s left to determine is how the company will handle the transition.

A new report from the Vietnamese site tinhte.vn appears to have shed a little light on how users will be able to plug in their existing wired headphones.

The site appears to have obtained a 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter that actually looks OK.

The minimalist dongle appears to have around an inch or so of cable between the two connectors, which could easily stay connected to the headphones at all times without being that noticeable.

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According to the report, the accessory is currently being manufactured by Foxconn in China and will be bundled in with the iPhone 7.

Interestingly, the accessory doesn’t work on an iOS 9 phone, but works perfectly with an iOS 10 handset (via SlashGear).

Whether it’s the real deal or not remain to be seen, but this doesn’t seem like it’d be the worst thing in the world.

Check it out in the video below.

What you do think of the leaked Lightning adapter? Let us know in the comments below.


July 29, 2016, 8:39 am

Doesn't this mean you will not be able to charge your phone whilst listening to music or watching a film? Given streaming, gaming and films are so battery intensive it's not unusual for people to attach their phones to a portable battery pack on the train or wherever whilst doing these things so as not to destroy their battery life. Smart phones are supposed to give you more options, not limit them artificially for no good reason. Making a phone 1mm slimmer isn't a good reason to ditch a perfectly good standard connector and force people into shelling out a fortune for overpriced Apple products when they inevitably break.


August 2, 2016, 7:48 am

But it is sheer genius from the Apple accountants! How many extra dongles will people want for simple convenience? How many of these dongles will the typical user lose and have to replace? And only then, after paying for maybe five or six of these damn things will they, out of frustration, spring for a new pair of Apple brand lightning ear buds. And then finally push the boat out and replace their whole stable of earphones with "made for Apple" licenced replacements.
After all, if sales of iPhones are waning, how to keep the cashflow flowing?

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