Possible iPhone 7 Lightning to 3.5 mm Adapter Surfaces in New Photos

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    A collection of new photos and a video showcase a Lightning to 3.5 mm adapter, which has previously been rumored as a bundled accessory for the iPhone 7 this fall as a way to assuage users of the smartphone's long-rumored removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack. The adapter in today's photos was reportedly obtained from a Foxconn factory in Vietnam (via Tinhte.vn) [Google Translate], and the report's author believes it could be a genuine Apple adapter.

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    As shown in the pictures shared today, the adapter's cord appears short and visually similar to that of Apple's current adapters sold on its website, including the USB-C to USB and Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet accessories. The Lightning plug does not appear to fit particularly well into its sheath, but it's unclear if it might be an incomplete part, damaged during disassembly, or simply a knockoff product.


    When the Lightning to 3.5 mm adapter is plugged into a device running iOS 9 or lower, the software displays an incompatibility message to the user, but when used on devices with a beta of iOS 10 installed, the dongle appears to work "immediately" without any issues. The author also notes that if headphones are plugged into both the standard headphone jack on a current iPhone and the adapter connected to Lightning, the device gives priority to the Lightning port for audio output.

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    While the adapter shown today could still potentially be a third-party product, it fits with Apple's design aesthetic and its ability to function with the large number of 3.5 mm headphones already in the wild could be a better solution than a previous, sketchy rumor that hinted at Lightning-enabled EarPods coming with the iPhone 7.

    Regardless of whether this leaked adapter is a genuine Apple product or not, Apple's solution will undoubtedly be sleeker than most other current third-party solutions, but many users remain opposed to the removal of the headphone jack that will cause conflicts for users looking to use wired headphones and charge their devices simultaneously.

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    Simple enough I guess, but I would have thought that it would have been just one piece instead of two pieces separated by wire.
    Edit: The two parts could actually exist parallel to each other instead of one after the other.
     
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    Over an adapter?
     
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    It reminds me of a panel discussion I watched once about the decline of nokia.. they were to busy reducing the size of the headphone jack, to see the iphone coming and to take it seriously...
     
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    So, will the DAC in this adapter be at least as good as the one in the phone, and will you still be able to control the volume from the controls on the phone when using this with third party headphones w/o remote?
     
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    I this is an elegant solution someone's on crack cocaine.
     
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    Being that short, that thing is going to fray like no other. I was also hoping for a Lightning pass-through so charging and audio can happen simultaneously.

    Oh well. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
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    I feel like I am one of the only people that couldn't care less if Apple gets rid of the headphone jack.
     
  12. gramtrax macrumors regular

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    Yay! yet another cable thingy to purchase and keep track of.

    Or not.

    I'm pretty convinced to switch to Android for my next phone, and I never thought I'd say that.
     
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    I don't care too, but i care about how they solve it and it makes me sad if true.
     
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    why is it on a wet piece of wood in this picture?
     
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    Seems fake because Lightning metal part loose in hollow white tube.
     
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    Dramatic effect?
     
  17. Motornamini macrumors newbie

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    Exactly.
     
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    That's okay... I guess. I still really really hope they don't do this.
     
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    It’s easy to see this is not the official Apple’s one just by the cable neck on each hand. This is too short. The Lightning connector on the second picture is off. Come on guys you know Apple better than that. Don’t post useless pictures from China.

     
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    This is the case with any change in tech though. The way they solve these issues only matters for a year or two and by then people forget and move on with their newer tech that works with the new way of doing things. Kinda like the lightning to 30 pin debacle. It was a bit of an issue at first but as time went on, most people update their devices and now it's a non-issue. Either that or Apple will realize a failure and revert back to using the headphone jack.
     
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    There is nothing in any way "sleek" about needing an adapter.
     
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    adapter
    əˈdaptə/
    noun
    a device for connecting pieces of equipment that cannot be connected directly.
    "the adapter converts the lightning port to a 3.5 mm headphone jack"



    A dongle is a small piece of hardware that connects to another device to provide it with additional functionality.

    In this instance you are not adding functionality but merely adapting the port. An adapter is the correct usage.
     
  23. GREEN4U macrumors 6502a

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    Personally I don't mind the idea of an adapter BUT what I do absolutely loathe is how cheaply Apple makes it cables and ports and locks out 3rd party accessories. It's always complete guesswork as to whether my new lightning cables will work or last. If these new adapters are anything similar it's no deal for me, I'll wait for iPhone 8.

    Who am I kidding of course the quality will be garbage.
     

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