The Next iPhone Can't Do These Two Things At Once

Apple killed the headphone jack with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but included a pair of Lightning-enabled EarPods and a headphone adapter in the box. It sits on your desk, but also holds your iPhone up at a slight angle so you can go hands-free. The backlash that Apple has received so far for their unveiling of a headphone-free iPhone 7 has been quite significant, and it's only natural that their rivals would capitalize on that. But on a more practical level, how exactly are you supposed to use headphones with an iPhone 7? It's $49 and it holds the iPhone upright with nothing more than a rigid Lightning connection. The only caveat you'll face with this dock is that you won't be able to charge and listen to music at the same time if you're using Apple's new lightning EarPods, as there is no additional lightning connector for the headphones in the dock.

The "Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter" is already listed on Apple's website and you can buy one for $9.

Audiophiles will be happy to know that Belkin's RockStar adapter supports up to 24-bit/48 kHz lossless audio, though it's a shame it doesn't support Hi-Res Audio's 24-bit/96 kHz minimum requirements. The adapter is really easy to use, and isn't too annoying - you really can't make it look any better. Then you may want a third-party adapter like Belkin's new awkwardly (but descriptively) named Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar.

Belkin today announced the Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, an accessory that will allow iPhone 7 users to charge their iPhones and listen to music at the same time. And you don't need to spend $159 on Apple's new AirPods to get them.

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