The newest iPhones require an adapter to use traditional headphones. Apple is trying to migrate people into either using wireless headphones or headphones that use their proprietary lightning jack.
Here, we break down exactly why the latest iPhones are requiring the new iPhone Headphone Connector. We also explain various available Headphone Connector options (like traditional, splitter, microphone capable, color, etc.)
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There are many reasons why Apple removed the headphone jack. Some are practical and some are more business related. For a full breakdown of these various reasons click to continue and
The primary wireless option is Bluetooth. The majority of headphones sold today are Bluetooth headphones, which work in all modern Android and iPhones. Apple has also released it's own wireless protocol that currently works with their upcoming "Earbuds". For a more in-depth analysis of these options and their costs continue to read on...
So you want to use the same headphones that you had before but they are not wireless? Maybe you don't want to deal with re-charging your headphones before using them. Or maybe you want to be able to plug into your home stereo? Well then you will need choose a wired workaround. The iPhone 7 does ship with one iPhone Headphone Connector (which is technically a Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone adapter). But you may have lost the dongle or you want a spare. Or you may possibly want a fancier wired adapter. There are various options available. Some will allow you to charge while also using the headphone jack. Some will allow multiple headphones to be connected at the same time. Here, we will list a few options that are available to you with these new iPhones.
Many iPhone skeptics would say that Apple is intentionally removing the headphone jack just so they can make more profit. There is certainly an argument to be made there. But there are some advantages to removing the headphone jack. For instance, the phone could be thinner than before. Of course, this change leaves the buyers with a major new inconvenience. Typically, we think of newer technology evolutions as making our lives easier and yet, in this case, we have a new technology that literally makes the phone less capable than earlier versions. No doubt, there are a lot of advantages and disadvantages of removing the headphone jack. Now users are forced into either going wireless or using some type of iPhone Headphone Connector. As technology is pushed into the next generation and beyond, the headphone jack on the iPhone is most certainly obsolete. To review the various advantages and disadvantages of this evolutionary change, continue to read.