Apple’s answer to charging iPhone 7 while listening to wired headphones: the Lightning Dock

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  1. Prabas macrumors 6502a

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    Apple deprecated what it called “ancient” technology yesterday, with the iPhone 7 lacking a 3.5mm headphone jack. The company is encouraging Bluetooth wireless headphones for audio playback (heralding its new AirPods) or using wired headphones via Lightning. However, with just one port, people who want to listen to music and charge their iPhone 7 at the same time are left with a conundrum.

    Apple’s answer to this problem appears to be the $39-49 Lightning Dock which adds a 3.5mm headphone jack when docked.


    This messaging appears to be the Apple solution, thanks to an email conversation sent to us by a reader. Zaheen Hafzer says he asked Phil Schiller about how to charge the iPhone 7 and listen to music at the same time. Schiller said whilst he prefers using the AirPods for the additional wireless flexibility, the Lightning Dock is the solution for wired headphones.

    Here’s what Schiller said according to Zaheen:

    https://9to5mac.com/2016/09/08/iphone-7-headphones-charging-solution/
     
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    (what more is there to say, MR? this picture better expresses my thoughts than a 1000 words)
     
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    You all know that bluetooth headphones are commodity items now, right?
    You can buy them on Amazon now for about $20 which is cheaper than a Lightning dock if you don't already have one.

    If you have to listen and charge at the same time, there are plenty of cheap ways to do that.
     
  5. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

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    Plenty of FREE ways with old design.
     
  6. Prabas thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wired headphones suck, it's no brainer. Once you go wireless, you can't go back.
     
  7. UhFive macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know of equal alternatives to the Apple Dock? Sure I've found lightening docks, but are there any alternatives with the analog audio out port too?
     
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    Actually, I'm glad he didn't say: Buy yourself a stereo system with bluetooth, connect your iPhone with it and plug your audio jack in it. Phew. Thanks Phil. Well thought through, it's going to look nice in my car, I need to have some super glue for that, though - or should I wait for the Apple Car which has the audiojack and/or double lightning port? :)
     
  9. Deihmos macrumors member

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    They don't sound as good and require charging.
     
  10. leroypants Suspended

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    You know that BT headphones have latency issues which cause video and audio to be out of sync, not to mention they sounds inferior and need to be charged daily right?
     
  11. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

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    My wireless mouse is GREAT!




    ...until the battery dies.
    Getting expensive getting new batteries (even rechargeable don't last forever)
    Keyboard still wired.

    Wife had enough with Apple wireless touch mouse, says it is created by devil, junk, etc. Now wired Logitec.
    She is OK with Apple Wireless Keyboard, infrequent battery changes.
     
  12. jdclifford macrumors 6502

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    Phil should have mentioned that you can't use the new wired Earpods included with the iphone7 since the Lighning Dock doesn't have a lightning port on the back; it only has the 3.5mm jack. Need to use the older EarPods for that. Go figure!
     
  13. Floris macrumors 68020

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    But you know what's even cheaper than $20 headsets? A $0.17 cents jack in the bottom left, like on my current iPhone 6s+ Both parties win.
     
  14. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

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    It does, so you could.
    but then cant charge, so might as well not use dock.
    http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MGRM2AM/A/iphone-lightning-dock-white
     
  15. jdclifford macrumors 6502

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    You're missing the point. The lightning port in middle back is for the charging power connection. The Earphone port to the left is a 3.5mm jack only. I've had 1 of these since the iPhone 6.
     
  16. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

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    could also be used to connect video adapters and such, no?
    (could do with old 30 pin)
     
  17. jdclifford macrumors 6502

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    I don't think so. It provides electrical power to the dock.
     
  18. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

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    That is certain.

    But if it could power one way, why not signal out the other?
     
  19. JTravers macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, that's true. But why not just plug the Lightning EarPods in directly then?
    The dock would serve no purpose.
     
  20. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

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    Exactly!
     
  21. JTravers macrumors 6502a

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    But I think the point was that jdclifford wanted to both charge the phone and use the lightning earpods at the same time, which isn't possible with the dock.
     

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