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Belkin dongle iPhone 7

This Belkin dongle lets you listen to music while charging the iPhone 7

In case you missed the news, Apple has decided to drop the 3.5mm audio jack on its iPhone 7 range, making for quite a negative reaction (unless you’re a die-hard Apple fan or use wireless headphones).

One of the more notable downsides is that you can’t listen to music and charge your device at the same time. But third-party manufacturer Belkin has stepped up to the plate with a US$40 solution.

The company’s Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar accessory plugs into your Lightning port, effectively giving you two Lightning jacks. One is for your Lightning-equipped pair of earphones while the other can be used as a pass-through for charging your iPhone 7.

The Belkin accessory will set you back US$40

Belkin adds that the dongle (man, I hate that word) supports the “full ecosystem” of Lightning headphones, as well as 24-bit 48kHz lossless audio output.

Got a pair of 3.5mm headphones or an aux cord? The accessory is also compatible with Apple’s Lightning to 3.5mm adapter, which is included with every iPhone 7 purchase.

Still, you think Apple would learn from the new Macbook debacle, which saw it ship with only one USB Type-C port for charging and connectivity.

Author Bio

Hadlee Simons
Terrible puns make Hadlee Simons difficult to work with, but he brings over seven years of tech journalism experience to the table. When he's not at work or watching motorsport, he's in the foetal position on a jiu jitsu mat. More