Apple eliminated the 3.5mm headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and it’s still something people are talking about, with good reason. Change is difficult, but Apple has the “courage” (as per SVP Phil Schiller) to make it happen with iPhone 7.
So if you want to listen to music while charging your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you’re out of luck since your Lightning port is occupied, right? Think again, because Belkin has announced the new RockStar dongle, which allows Lightning Audio + Charge, and is MFi certified, so it won’t fry your iPhone.
The RockStar is “coming soon” and will be available for $39.99 USD. That’s pretty pricey for a dongle.
As for another way to listen to music while charging your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus? Use an Apple dock, according to Apple SVP Phil Schiller, in an apparent email response to a customer (via MacRumors).
Schiller explains in an email, Apple’s $49 Lightning Dock includes a 3.5mm headphone jack, so users will be able to listen to audio with headphones or speakers while charging.
Hey, if that doesn’t work out for you, just pick up a $219 CAD pair of AirPod wireless headphones (coming in October), right?