If are about to purchase the new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus from Apple there is something you should be aware of: Both the 7 and 7 Plus no longer come with a 3.5mm headphone jack. This means that you can no longer use a standard pair of headphones with the new version of Apples popular mobile device.
If you already own an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, then you will likely be aware of this fact already and you may have either given up on using your old headphones or been thinking about purchasing a pair of wireless headphones instead.
Have no Fear, Lightning Headphones are Here
Before you go out and buy an expensive pair of wireless headphones just to circumnavigate Apples design flaws there is another option that you should hear about. This option is to instead purchase a pair of headphones that support the lightning connection port. That’s right, there are headphones that connect via Apples lightening port rather than via a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.
These lightning headphones are fully compatible with the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus because they will connect via the phones lightning port (The same port that you would use to charge the phone). This is great because it saves you having to pay an extortionate price for wireless headphones that you don’t need or want.
There are other advantages to the new lightning style headphones as well – not only will you solve your immediate problem but you are also effectively saying “No” to Apple: No Apple, we won’t be forced to do things your way, or to buy your products but rather we can still use our own products that have been redesigned to fit your new device layout. This tells Apple that they can’t control the way their devices are used and they can’t remove ports at will just to force users to purchase all of their add-ons directly from Apple.
Digital Sound and Superior Quality Audio
The great thing about the lightning port is that it’s a digital port. This means that you will have a crystal-clear sound quality when using lightning headphones – compared to traditional headphones that connect via the audio jack you should notice the sound quality is superior and will not have any crackling or distortion that is typically associated with any analogue signal.
The lightning technology is normally only found in Apple products and until now there hasn’t been much of a need for other manufacturers to use the port, because there have always been alternatives. However, now that Apple have taken the decision to remove the audio jack from their newer phones there will likely be a surge in the number of products that support the lightning jack so its worth keeping an eye out on the market because there will likely be lots of choices when it comes to wired headphones that support the lightning cable connection.
Sources and Further Information
Most of the information for this article was obtained from the iPhone headphone news site Lightning Cans. If you want to keep up to date with further developments from Apple as well as the manufacturing industries responses to those developments this site is well worth keeping in your favourites list.