Iphone 7 owners: How do you compensate for the lack of headphone jack?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Jacoblee23, Feb 18, 2017.

  1. Jacoblee23 macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2011
    I recently just got my 7 plus and while I love it, I am still annoyed that I can't lay in bed and unwind while listening to my podcast as I fall asleep with my phone on charge. I have an over the ear set of Bluetooth headphones but I obviously can't lay down at night with those. I have trouble with earbuds staying in my ears.

    The apple earbuds that come with the phone are perfect for me but a lot of earbuds I'm not a fan of. One of our cars also doesn't have Bluetooth or auxiliary so I use a radio transmitter to plug my phone into and I can't use that anymore and charge my phone either. How do YOU compensate with the lack of a headphone jack? I'm not whining just looking to see if anyone has any solutions and curious as to what everyone does. Thanks in advance!
  2. daffie, Feb 18, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2017

    daffie macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2010
    Wait for the upcoming Pioneer Rayz ear buds...especially the Plus variant which has separate charging port on the cable.

  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I use my Airpods while my iPhone is charging. They are a great product and hold a five hour charge. They stay secure in my ear and you can use one Airpod if you so choose.
  4. jshtroutman macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2016
    Sounds like AirPods would be perfect for you. Once I went bluetooth I never missed the headphone jack.
  5. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
  6. Deacon-Blues macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2012
    Bluetooth. Bluetooth in my car, Bluetooth at my bedside, with a JBL speaker. I just don't use headphones. If I had to use headphones, I'd use the ones which came with my 7 Plus, which do not require a headphone jack.
  7. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
    AirPods have solved my issues with the lack of the headphone jack. Fits in my ear perfectly. Try it.
  8. SaintsMac macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2009
    I agree that Airpods are my preferred method!
  9. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    For the purposes of charging and using headphones at the same time ended up getting the Belkin adapter that splits the lightning port into two essentially allowing for charging and headphones use at the same time.
  10. iSheep5S macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2013
    Luckily im an iPod user. Always had a dedicated device. I use an iPod touch and a Spotify premium account. Just once i got caught out as i had headphones and wanted to listen to a video on my iPhone. Realised I'd have to find said video on some other device...

    AirPods? No thanks. Decent noise cancelling headphones win for me as an audiophile.
  11. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    I use Bluetooth and keep a spare pair of Lightning EarPods around.
  12. daffie macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2010
  13. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2008
    I've switched completely to bluetooth headphones, and have a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter in each car for aux use, and a Belkin adapter to charge/play music in the car for longer trips.

    It's been an expensive switch, and I'm still considering yet another pair of bluetooth headphones for gym use :/
  14. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    I overcompensate:D
    Jk, I just use the included adapter and plug in my headphones. My 7 plus battery is very good so I never had the need to charge at the same time I plug in to listen to music.
    Some act like it's the end of the world but never been an issue to me.
  15. downtherabbithole macrumors member


    Jan 31, 2017
    The AirPods sound like they'd be perfect but there are plenty of bluetooth headphones that are more affordable. Failing that, get a dongle.
  16. daffie macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2010
    BT quality on iPhone sadly is too low compared to phones which have aptx codec. Btw I only playback hifi quality music (Tidal Hifi) so my needs may be higher than others...
  17. blcfla macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2013
    Never have been in the predicament where I needed to charge & use headphones simultaneously but if so I have a couple sets of bluetooth earbuds I could use.

    I bought an extra adapter so I keep one in my car on my gym earbuds & one at home on my desk on my other set of earbuds.

    I don't really use my headphone jack unless I'm at the gym or travelling so it hasn't been a big factor for me. I rarely use the square card reader which works fine with the headphone adapter.
  18. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    There are ways of charging, multiple adapters available.
  19. Andrewtst macrumors 6502


    Oct 28, 2016
    I use Powerbeats 3 - Bluetooth.
    I use Edifier PC Speaker - Bluetooth.

    Either both no issue for me continue charging while listening.

    I already put the converter at my home town as my home town the mini hi-fi set do need it as no Bluetooth function. I can put at home town because it is not important and I don't need it in daily life.

    In summary - it really not bother me the 3.5mm jack is removed.
  20. se95dah macrumors member


    Dec 30, 2014
    My car also doesn't have Bluetooth. I connect my iPhone 7 using a cheap Tecknet device that connects to the phone over Bluetooth and transmits to the car over FM. It also charges the phone via USB and a lightning cable. Cost about 12 pounds from amazon and works superbly
  21. CYKBC macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2014
    I don't. It's a concession esp for travelers like me. I'm a minimalist and can't stand to carry anything more than I have to. Having yet another device I need to charge isn't on the docket.

    It's an inconvenience no matter which way you slice it for marginal gain.
  22. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
  23. Reno Raines macrumors 65816

    Jul 19, 2015
    I bought three lightening to 3.5mm adapters but in the end I went back to my SE for several reasons and the aux jack was just one of them. That little really is a beast for the money.
  24. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    I recently got a new vehicle, which doesn't have a Bluetooth stereo (yet), but it does have an aux input. First time I needed to use the adapter that came with my iPhone, but not being able to charge my phone and stream music at the same time was obviously going to be a problem.

    Stopped at AutoZone to get a few things and saw they sell a Bluetooth receiver that plugs into your aux port for $16. It actually works really well and I can charge my phone while streaming music again, or just stream music without needed to tether my phone to my stereo.
  25. Matthew9559 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    I just picked up a pair of Bluetooth headphones. Wasn't a big deal and I honestly can't believe I waited this long. It really is a much better experience imo. Only thing that sucks is my Bose noise cancelling earbuds are wired and I'm not ready to spend $300 to get a wireless earbud version yet.

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